The minutes from the MLA Business Meeting are now available: Wharton Board meeting Jan 9
The Edith Wharton Society welcomes its new and continuing officers and Executive Board members:
- President Emily Orlando email@example.com Fairfield University
- Immediate Past President Meredith Goldsmith firstname.lastname@example.org Ursinus University
- Vice President Paul Ohler email@example.com Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Secretary Melanie Dawson firstname.lastname@example.org College of William & Mary
- Treasurer Carole Shaffer-Koros email@example.com Kean University
Ex Officio Members of the Executive Board
- Editor of the Edith Wharton Review Meredith Goldsmith firstname.lastname@example.org Ursinus University
- Webmaster Donna Campbell email@example.com Washington State University
Current At-large Executive Board Members
- Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming firstname.lastname@example.org (January 1, 2015-January 1, 2017)
- Shannon Brennan, UCLA email@example.com (January 1, 2015-January 1, 2017)
- Mary Carney firstname.lastname@example.org University of North Georgia (June 1, 2014-June 1, 2016)
- Sharon Kim email@example.com Judson University (June 1, 2014-June 1, 2016)
Happy birthday to Edith Wharton, born January 24, 1862.
CFP: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA 2016; Deadline 3.15.15)
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton’s relationship to the fin de siècle. Presentations might address Wharton’s engagements with decadence, aestheticism, realism and/or naturalism, the bachelor dandy, the femme fatale, the New Woman, degeneration, vampirism, hysteria, art nouveau, other fin-de-siècle writers, and so on. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bio to Emily Orlando at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 March.
Liminal Spaces, Liminal Experiences in Edith Wharton’s Work. Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society.
Wharton’s attention to the interconnectedness of space and experience has long been noted by scholars. This panel focuses on the experiences that constrain or hem in Wharton’s characters, including but not limited to factors of class, gender, age, profession, education, health, and/or sexuality. To what degree are characters’ experiences reinforced, hybridized, or expanded within the spaces in which they dwell or in those sites that they craft for themselves? Send 200-300 word proposals and short cv’s to Paul Ohler (Paul.Ohler@kpu.ca) and Emily Orlando (email@example.com) by February 10. All panel members will be expected to join the Edith Wharton Society by the date of the conference.
Edith Wharton Society Panel
MLA Session 185
Edith Wharton and Sex
Program arranged by the Edith Wharton Society
Presiding: Emily J. Orlando, Fairfield Univ.
1. “Wharton in Times Square: The House of Mirth‘s Erotic Public,” Jennie Lightweis-Goff, Tulane Univ.
2. “The Woman Who Hated Sex: Undine Spragg and the Trouble with ‘Bother,'” Arielle Zibrak, Univ. of Wyoming
3. “Wharton, Sex, and the Terrible Honesty of the 1920s,” Melanie V. Dawson, Coll. of William and Mary
4. “Sexual Violence and Ghostly Justice in ‘The Lady’s Maid’s Bell’ and ‘Kerfol,'” Paul Joseph Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.
From Facebook via Sharon Kehl Califano:
The Smithsonian Channel will premier “Million Dollar American Princesses” on January 4th, which includes a profile of Jennie Jerome, the American mother of Winston Churchill who married into the British aristocracy. For Edith Wharton (and Henry James), this was an important topic–American young women who married European aristocrats–and one that provided ample material for her novels, such as The Age of Innocence, The Custom of the Country, and The Buccaneers.