CFP: Edith Wharton Panels at ALA 2023

The Edith Wharton Society will sponsor two panels at the American Literature Association 34th Annual Conference on May 25-28, 2023.

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Edith Wharton and Beauty

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that explore Wharton’s engagement with beauty in her works. Panelists are encouraged to consider the role of beauty in her writing on design, gardens, and travel as well as her novels and stories. All theoretical approaches are welcome. Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:

  • What does beauty mean or how is it constituted in Wharton’s work?
  • How do questions of shape, color, or form inflect Wharton’s perspectives on design, art, or fashion?
  • How does affect relate to beauty in Wharton’s works?
  • What is the role of natural beauty in Wharton’s texts?
  • How are Wharton’s characters affected by beauty?
  • How is beauty gendered, raced, or classed in Wharton’s work?
  • What is the relationship between beauty and cosmopolitan taste in Wharton’s texts?

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief CV by January 5, 2022. Please include any requests for AV needs in your proposal. Scholars whose proposals are accepted must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society by the time of the conference.

Please send to 

American Literature Association

34th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2023

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Edith Wharton and Weather: Culture, Climate, and Change

There’s a lot of weather in Edith Wharton’s writing: storms, snow, heat, and wind. Among other questions, proposals might consider the following:

  • How do climactic phenomena trigger, mirror, provoke human behaviors and reactions?
  • How do Wharton’s sensibilities as a traveler, gardener, and interior designer inform her approaches to weather and vice versa?  
  • How does weather figure into Wharton’s status as realist, sentimentalist, satirist, or modernist?

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief CV by January 5, 2022. Please include any requests for AV needs in your proposal. Scholars whose proposals are accepted must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society by the time of the conference.

Please send to and

Call for Conference Reporters/Reviewers for EWS Panels

The Edith Wharton Review seeks reviewers to cover the Edith Wharton Society panels at MLA (San Francisco, January 5-8, 2023) and ALA (Boston, May 25-28, 2023) and any other panels/papers at these conferences focused on Wharton. Reviewers are welcome to take on one or both events. 

Please send a brief introduction and statement of your interests to Rita Bode: as soon as possible but no later than November 30th. Please indicate which conference especially interests you.

The Edith Wharton Review aims for conference reviews of generally 2000-3000 words that should include summaries of the individual papers (topics/themes) and critical reflections on the scholarly directions emerging in Wharton studies.

EWR welcomes reviewers at all ranks, including graduate students. 

We would also appreciate if those with graduate students could alert and encourage their students to take up this opportunity. 

With thanks,

Edith Wharton Review Editors

Norton Library Event: Sheila Liming on The Age of Innocence (September 14, 2022; 4 p.m EST)

We want to be sure you have an invitation for Wednesday’s Zoom event with Sheila Liming, editor of the new Norton Library Edition of The Age of Innocence
Wednesday, September 14 at 4:00pm Eastern
You and all interested students and colleagues can ​​​​​RSVP here to receive a Zoom link to attend. All are welcome.

In her talk, Liming will discuss  why the work has endured as an often read (and taught) work. The event will conclude with an audience Q&A and is part of our Norton Library and Norton Critical Editions Speakers Series. Curious about the differences between the two series? Learn more here.

If you’re interested but cannot attend live, I encourage you to register anyway since a recording of the event will be emailed to all registrants.

The Norton Library edition of The Age of Innocence ​​​​​is out now in paperback ($10.00 retail from our site) and will release soon in ebook ($8.00 from our site). It contains Liming’s introduction, the text, and helpful endnotes.

The Norton Library Team

Queries: Membership Page

I just paid for membership with Pay Pay. It then said to return to page, but the page was gone. I don’t believe the Edith Wharton Society has my information.

Name: Kathy Geren Christy

Dear Ms. Christy,

This should have gone through all right, but if you’d like to check, please contact The Membership Committee Chair, Sheila Liming, Champlain College, She has access to the membership records.


Donna Campbell

 Vote for EWS positions and changes to Constitution and By-laws (vote closes 9/26/22)

Dear EWS members,

Voting is now open for the positions of Secretary and Members-at-Large for the 2023-25 term and for approving or disapproving of two constitutional amendments, which were discussed at the MLA and ALA meetings. The first establishes how Edith Wharton Review editors will be chosen. The second establishes how Treasurers will be chosen and removes the position of co-Treasurer.

Society members, please use the link sent to your email to affirm or not affirm the nominated candidates for each position and to approve or disapprove the amendments. Voting closes 9/26/22. 

The voting link is here:

You can see the wording of the ballot questions below.


Survey questions:

  1. Should Arielle Zibrak be elected Secretary of the EWS? (Y/N)

    Arielle Zibrak is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wyoming, where she also directs the English Honors Program. She is the editor of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence: New Centenary Essays (Bloomsbury, 2019) and the author of Avidly Reads: Guilty Pleasures (New York University Press, 2021). 

    Her writing on literature, gender, sexuality, and popular culture has been published in American Literature, American Literary History, Arizona Quarterly, The Baffler, Criticism, The Edith Wharton Review, ESQ, The Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, McSweeney’s, The Toast, and Women’s Studies. She has given numerous conference presentations on Wharton’s work and has been invited to speak on Wharton at The Mount and by the good folks at SUNY Brockport. She previously served as an Executive Board Member At-Large of the EWS.
  1. Should Anna Girling and Stacy Holden be elected to the two open positions of EWS Board Members-at-Large? (Y/N)

    Anna Girling

    I recently completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in the UK; my thesis was (broadly!) on Edith Wharton and European literary decadence. I have been a member of the Edith Wharton Society since the early days of my PhD, and the society has shaped my research, and intellectual life, in numerous ways. I was fortunate to win the Prize for a Beginning Scholar for an essay on alchemy in The Touchstone, and this went on to be published in the Edith Wharton Review – and I have also published in the EWR and the Times Literary Supplement about Wharton’s correspondence with her early British publisher, John Murray (which I found at the National Library of Scotland). I have been part of society panels at the ALA and the MLA, and attended the Wharton in Washington conference in 2016, and the online keynotes and discussions as part of the pandemic version of the Edith Wharton’s New York conference in 2020. My future research plans involve a project looking at Wharton’s Cold War publication history – which I have funding (including from the Edith Wharton Society) to travel to the US for later this year, and which I will be working on while an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of English Studies in London. I am aware that none of this research would be possible – let alone enjoyable – without the work, both academic and collegial, of present and past members of the Edith Wharton Society, and I am very keen to play my part in the life of the society.

Stacy Holden

My name is Stacy E. Holden, and I am self-nominating for Member-at-Large position.  I joined the Edith Wharton Society about five years ago.  I am an Associate Professor of History at Purdue University.  My research and teaching focus on the Middle East and North Africa as well as US engagement with the Arab world.  Studying Wharton’s literary work and life experiences have opened a window onto US policymaking in the early twentieth century.  I am currently completing research on a book project, “Edith Wharton’s Morocco: The Origins of American Intervention in the Arab World.” My work examines how Wharton used her influence as an author and an elite American to normalize the idea of Western imperialism in the Arab world.  A synopsis of my research was published in History Today, and I am now organizing a tour of “Edith Wharton’s Morocco.”  As Member-at-Large, I hope to continue to foster connections with historians interested in topics that can be illuminated in her archival papers (medical knowledge, preservation practices, book marketing are examples of such topics).  I hope to assist in organizing the next biennial meeting, and I would also like to organize a future meeting at the Tangier American Legation Museum, the former US consulate of Morocco.

  1. Should the following amendment to the EWS By-laws be approved? (New amendment language is in bold.) (Y/N)

    Revisions to EWS Bylaws (EWR):

    5.6. The Editor of the Edith Wharton Review shall prepare the Review. The Editor may appoint an Associate Editor to assist with these functions and to sit in on Executive Board meetings when the Editor is not available. The editorial team consists of an editor and up to three associate editors.

     The editors shall be chosen as follows:

    1.     To select Associate Editors, the journal puts out an open call for an Associate Editor who will join the editors’ team. The new Associate Editor is selected by the current Editor and Associate Editors in consultation with the EWS Board.

    2.     A new Editor is selected from among all the Associate Editors in consultation with the EWS Board and the outgoing Editor. 

    3.     Should this fail in any way, the journal puts out an open call for an Editor and follows the selection and consultation criteria specified above.
  1. Should the following revisions be adopted to the EWS Constitution and By-laws? (Y/N)

    1.     Remove all references to “Co-Treasurers” from the Constitution, replacing it with “The Treasurer” (3.1, 3.5, 5.1).

    2.     Add an explanation of the appointment processes for the Treasurer and Treasurer-Elect:

    5.5 The Treasurer is appointed by the President, in consultation with the Executive Board, for a two-year term. When possible, an incoming Treasurer will be appointed a year in advance and serve as Treasurer-Elect while learning the position from the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep financial records and maintain stewardship of the finances of the Society, including a tally of all accounts and expenditures, annual tax filings and incorporation paperwork, when appropriate. The Treasurer will present a report, in writing, at least once annually to the Executive Board on the financial status of the Society, including a written report on all income to and disbursements of the Society.  The Treasurer shall have signing privileges and access to the EWS financial accounts to enable the officers and conference directors to carry out the necessary business of the Society.

    5.7.  Each officer and member at large shall serve for a term of two years.

    7.1.  Officers and members of the Executive Board shall be elected by online or e-mail ballot, except for officers who are designated by another process outlined in the Constitution.  Paper ballots will be provided upon request for those with no Internet access.

TLW Online Event 7 September 2022 5 p.m. UK/12 noon EST: Professor Etta Madden on ‘Revising Daisy Miller: The Story of Miss Jones’

Dear Whartonians 

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us for the Transatlantic Literary Women Summer Club over the past few months. It’s been great to see you! Chiara, Lindsay and I have loved talking with everyone and learning more about exciting individual projects. 

Now it’s September (how?), we’re kicking off the new series of monthly talks, TeawithTLW. We very much hope you’ll join us! All welcome.  

Our first event is Wed 7 September 5pm UK/noon New York, when the brilliant Etta Madden will be drawing from research for her exciting new book, Engaging Italy: American Women’s Utopian Visions and Transnational Networks.  

Details below. Hope to see you there! 

Take care. All best- Laura

EWS Award Recipients Announced

Dear Edith Wharton Society members, 

Here are the results of this year’s committee deliberations for the Edith Wharton Society’s awards: 

The Award for Archival Research  

Anna Girling, University of Edinburgh   

“Edith Wharton and the Cold War” 

The Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar 

No award given. 

The Undergraduate Research Prize 

No award given. 

I wish to extend many thanks to the Award committees for their careful and thoughtful work: for the Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar: Myrto Drizou, Melanie Dawson, and Laura Rattray; for the Award for Archival Research: Jay Jessee, Virginia Ricard, and Meg Toth; and for the Undergraduate Research Prize: Rita Bode and Donna Campbell. 

Although no award was given in two categories, I’m pleased that we saw such interest in Wharton studies, and the burgeoning work offers much promise.  

Many congratulations to Anna Girling on her award! 

All best, 


CFP: ALA Symposium October 27-29, 2022

Dear Members of the Edith Wharton Society,

I would like to share the call for papers for a fall symposium offered by the American Literature Association (ALA) in Santa Fe (October 27-29, 2022). The theme is the Historical Imagination in American Literature, and the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield, welcomes proposals for individual papers or a full panel sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society. If you are interested in organizing a panel, please let me know. More details on the conference can be found below.

I hope you are all having a restful summer,

All best wishes,


Dr. Myrto Drizou

Assistant Professor of English

Coordinator, Minor Degree in English Literature

Department of Western Languages and Literatures

Bogaziçi University

34342, Bebek

Istanbul, Turkey 

Vice President, Edith Wharton Society

Associate Editor, Edith Wharton Review


For our 2022 Fall Symposium, the American Literature Association will return to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Drury Plaza Hotel offers excellent rates and is perfectly located near the central plaza. Single and double rooms will be available for $135 a night plus taxes. This rate includes not only a free breakfast and wireless access, but also a “kickback” every evening at 5:30, featuring hot food and cold drinks.  Valet parking will be $10 per night. 

The Historical Imagination in American Literature:  What does it mean to envision and embody history in American writing?  How does a “usable past” shape our fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction? What philosophical, psychological, and political factors shape how writers look at a moment of time?  How do regional differences shape our historical perspectives? How do race, class, and gender influence the perception and presentation of historical realities? How important is the historical novel to our culture? How do the alternate histories of speculative fiction transform our understanding of time?  These and other related questions should provide for a lively weekend of literary exploration and good conversation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject.

Please send all proposals to the Conference Director at

as soon as possible and no later than September 15, 2022.

Conference Details:  Sessions run Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, 2022. There will be an opening event and welcoming reception on Thursday evening, October 27. The Conference Fee of $175 includes a luncheon as well as receptions.

Individuals may propose papers, panels, or roundtables by emailing the Conference Director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield ( no later than September 15, 2022, and preferably earlier. The proposal should include the title of the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides a clear idea of the material that will be covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications, and the email addresses for all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner.

Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances by September 20, and hotel reservations will need to be made before September 25.  Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pay the conference fee by pre-registering on-line by October 15.  A program will be placed on the ALA website prior to our meeting, and printed programs will be available at the symposium.

ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair. This permits time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. Furthermore, the ALA encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit.  We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.

AV:  Please note that we are not able to provide AV at this symposium. 

Conference Registration: The conference fee of $175 covers the costs of the conference. We require all of those who are on the program to pre-register by October 15, 2022. Please see the website for the on-line registration link. If you wish to pay by check, you may find the mail-in registration form on our website. The conference fee is $175 for all participants.  We regret that we are unable to offer a lower rate for graduate students and independent scholars. If you have a question or concern regarding registration, please contact Olivia Carr Edenfield, Director of the ALA, at

ALA Membership: Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a paper.  In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the various author societies. Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA, including our symposia and conferences, by checking our website (

Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. If you have any questions that are not answered by this announcement, please contact the Conference Director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield, Director of the ALA, at

Thank you for your interest and your support of the American Literature Association.

EWS Elections: Nominations Sought

Dear Edith Wharton Society members,

The Edith Wharton Society is now accepting nominations for the position of Secretary and two Members-at-Large, for the 2023-2025 term.


From our Constitution:

“5.4.  The Secretary shall take and distribute minutes of all meetings of the Society and of the Executive Board and shall forward minutes to the Web Master for posting on the society’s web page.  The Secretary shall coordinate the nominations of new members of the board.”

5.7 “To achieve continuity, officers shall ordinarily succeed one another in this order: the Vice-President shall become President, and the Secretary become Vice-President, and the President become the Immediate Past President.”


Members-at-Large may be asked to adjudicate the EWS prizes, and they have the option of organizing, or deputizing someone to organize, the guaranteed EW panel at NEMLA, SAMLA, and other regional MLA conferences (5.9).

For further information about these positions, please review our Constitution at

If you have any questions about either position, please feel free to contact any current Society officer, including President Jennifer Haytock (, Vice President Myrto Drizou (, or Secretary Margaret Jay Jessee ( for further information.

Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:

Please email Jay Jessee with nominations by Thursday, September 1st 2022. Please include which position you are nominating yourself for and a one-paragraph biography. A voting period will follow the close of the nomination period.

To vote, you must be a member in good standing. I encourage you to check on your membership status ( and update it if necessary.