Last Call for New Books Week (due Friday, July 16).

Dear Whartonites–

Last call for “New Books Week”; I’ll include everything received up through this Friday, July 16.

On 7/1/21, 12:32 PM, “Wharton-l on behalf of Campbell, Donna M.” <wharton-l-bounces@lists.wsu.edu on behalf of campbelld@wsu.edu> wrote:

    Dear Whartonites,

    Last summer, the EWS site had a “New Books Week” featuring books and articles on Wharton, and we’d like to do the same this year.

    If you’ve published a new book or article about Wharton in 2021, please send me (whartonqueries@gmail.com or campbelld@wsu.edu) information that can be copied & pasted to the site along with a link, and it will be featured at the site, which links to Facebook and Twitter as well.

    Best,

    Donna

Online Event: WEBINAR DISCUSSION ON TEACHING EDITH WHARTON’S MAJOR NOVELS AND SHORT FICTION

WEBINAR DISCUSSION ON TEACHING EDITH WHARTON’S MAJOR NOVELS AND SHORT FICTION

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021 AT 2:00 P.M. EST (EASTERN STANDARD TIME)

Please join me and the contributors of Teaching Edith Wharton’s Major Novels and Short Fiction (https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030527419), the first pedagogical volume on the works of Edith Wharton, for a discussion of some of the recent approaches and techniques for teaching Edith Wharton’s fiction to students of the twenty-first century.

Please register in advance to receive a link to this event:

https://bloomu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OZM980L9SGqEHRvL2AQFGw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the webinar.

Also, see the details below for joining the webinar.

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Ferdâ Asya, PhD

Professor of English

111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

400 East Second Street

Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Call for Titles: New Books Week at the EWS site

Dear Whartonites,

Last summer, the EWS site had a “New Books Week” featuring books and articles on Wharton, and we’d like to do the same this year.

If you’ve published a new book or article about Wharton in 2021, please send me (whartonqueries@gmail.com or campbelld@wsu.edu) information that can be copied & pasted to the site along with a link, and it will be featured at the site, which links to Facebook and Twitter as well.

Wharton Queries: Character crossover in Wharton’s works?

I am looking to research Edith Wharton and are wondering if you might be able to help me further establish if there is character crossover within Wharton’s works. Other than the character crossover in Old New York and The Age of Innocence, and the appearance of the same cast in Hudson River Bracketed and The Gods Arrive, are there characters that appear more than once in Wharton’s works? 

Thank you

Sincerely,

Caroline Platek

Edith Wharton short story “La Famille” now published


Edith Wharton Society members might be interested to read a previously unpublished short story Wharton wrote in French, entitled ‘La Famille’ which has been published with an English translation and introduction in Journal of the Short Story in English / Les Cahiers de la nouvelle (JSSE)
I came across the story in her papers at the Beinecke library archives. To date, Wharton’s only published French short stories have been “Les Metteurs en Scène,” which appeared in the Revue des Deux Mondes in October 1908 and her French version of Atrophy (1927) entitled “Atrophie” and also published in the Revue des Deux Mondes in July 1929.”La Famille” is the story of a young, independent American woman, Nina Alston, who is intending to marry into a titled French family. The choice to write in French is an apt one given the French setting and using this language allows Wharton to both playfully and subtly explore the clash between the respective cultures of the affianced couple. Wharton’s narrative mischievously sends up both the French family’s attitude towards tradition and form, and Nina’s newly-found American relatives’ love of all things modern combined with their misunderstandings of history. That is, if this rather odd group of people really are her family…
Sarah Whitehead
The story can be found at:https://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2904

EWS ALA Panel, June 5, 2021

Dear Members of the Edith Wharton Society,

You are invited to attend the Society’s panel for ALA 2021. The presentation of papers and discussion will take place on Zoom on Saturday, June 5, from 3:00 to 4:15 (EST). The panel will be recorded for the ALA conference and will be chaired by Dr. Sheila Liming.

We have an exciting line-up of papers on “Reading Edith Wharton at Times of Crisis: Precarity, Vulnerability, and Risk in Her Late Fiction.”

1.     “Interpreting Architecture as a Site of Precarity in Edith Wharton’s Hudson River Bracketed,” Mindy Buchanan-King, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2.     “Literary Tradition and Its Precarity in Edith Wharton’s Hudson River Bracketed and The Gods Arrive,” Chunfang Yi, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

3.      “Edith Wharton and White Male Outsiderism,” Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming

4.      “Marriage and Parenthood between ‘Age of Innocence’ and ‘Jazz Age’: The Plight of the Vulnerable in Wharton’s Novels of ‘Old’ and ‘New’ New York,” Maria-Novella Mercuri, University College London, UK

Should you like to attend the panel, please contact Sheila Liming (sliming@champlain.edu) or Myrto Drizou (myrto.drizou@boun.edu.tr) to receive the Zoom meeting information. 

Reminder: EWS Prizes (Deadline June 30, 2021)

Dear all,

As semesters wrap up (I hope), I write to remind everyone about the three EWS prizes for 2021: the Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar, the Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research, and the Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize.  Below please find all calls for submissions.  All submission materials should be sent via email by June 30, 2021 to current EWS President, Jennifer Haytock, SUNY Brockport, jhaytock@brockport.edu

The Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar 

This award, formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar,” established in 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton’s work by a beginning scholar, advanced graduate student, independent scholar, or faculty member who has held a full-time appointment for four or fewer years.  All entries will be considered for publication in The Edith Wharton Review, published by Penn State University Press.  The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250. 

How to apply: 

  • Submissions should be 20-30 double-spaced pages long and follow the 8th edition MLA style, using endnotes rather than footnotes. 
  • Submissions should include two attached files: an anonymized MS Word version of your paper and a separate cover letter containing the applicant’s name, essay title, academic status, e-mail address, postal address, and the award name. 
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar.” 
  • Submissions are due to jhaytock@brockport.edu by June 30, 2021

The Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research  

The archival award, in the amount of $500, enables a scholar to conduct research at one of the Edith Wharton archives at Wharton’s library at The Mount in Lenox, MA, the Wharton Collection at Yale University’s Beinecke Library, or the Wharton papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. 

Funds must be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to archival research.  Notification of the award will take place by July 30, 2021.  The award can be used between August 1, 2021 and July 30, 2022.  A brief report detailing some aspect(s) of the research (not intended to preempt publication in other scholarly venues) will be due to the EWS president by September 1, 2022 and will be published in the Edith Wharton Review

How to apply: 

  • Submissions should include a proposal (of no more than two single-spaced pages) that describes the applicant’s overarching research project, its contribution to Wharton scholarship, the applicant’s scholarly preparation, and the relevance of the archive to the project’s completion. 
  • Also include two additional attachments: a CV and a separate cover letter containing your current affiliation, rank, and mailing address. 
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Award for Archival Research.” 
  • Submissions are due to  jhaytock@brockport.edu by June 30, 2021. 

The Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize 

First offered in 2014, the undergraduate research prize is open to students at all undergraduate levels.  Papers should be no more than fifteen pages long and can address Wharton’s works in any genre.  The winning essay will be published on the EWS website, and the author will receive an award of $100. 

How to apply: 

  • Please send an anonymized electronic submission as an email attachment in Microsoft Word, along with a separate attached cover letter containing your name, essay title, undergraduate institution, the name of your faculty mentor, email address (and perhaps an alternate email, if your email address is about to change), postal address, and the name of the award. 
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Undergraduate Research Prize.” 
  • Submissions are due to  jhaytock@brockport.edu by June 30, 2021

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The Edith Wharton Society sees its commitment to Wharton’s writing as including financial support for Wharton scholarship, with two awards specifically for beginning scholars.  We thank all in the Wharton society who have donated to these prizes over the years, many of whom have been award recipients; your support of this endeavor enables our generosity.  If you are inclined to donate to support this year’s awards, a donation portal is linked here. 

“Roman Fever play

Dear Edith Wharton Society,
This is a preliminary note to seek any counsel you may have.  I have, with the permission of Watkins/Loomis Agency, obtained a limited permission to adaptation “Roman Fever” into a stage production.  This script is very faithful to the story and incorporates both traditional scenes and some proposed dance sequences to illustrate scenes from the two focal characters’ early life. I am in talks with the Annapolis Shakespeare Company here in Maryland to create a workshop production for later this year.  It is anticipated that the work would be livestreamed for a limited time and feature professional actors and dancers and original music. 
As with most workshops in regional theaters, the budget must be small and the funding for it cannot take away from the budgets for the theater company’s mainstage productions.  While a formal budget is in the works, we don’t anticipate it to amount to more than between 5 and 10 thousand dollars.  
Any knowledge you may have of possible donors, grants or sponsorships from organizations that would have particular interest in promoting the works of Edith Wharton would be very appreciated.  
I have attached my professional bio, and here is the link to the Annapolis Shakespeare Company for your information:  https://www.annapolisshakespeare.org/index.html
I am happy to communicate via email, phone or Zoom and provide the draft script or other information as needed.
WIth appreciation,
Greg Jones Elliswww.gregjonesellis.com