The annual business meeting of the Edith Wharton Society will take place at the American Literature Association in Boston during Session 12-O on Friday, May 22 at 3:40 pm and will be held in Adams 7th Floor of the Westin Copley Place.
Conference web site: http://whartoninwashington2016.wordpress.com
Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming Conference in Washington, DC. The conference directors seek papers focusing on all aspects of Wharton’s work. Papers might offer readings of any of Wharton’s texts, including the short fiction, poetry, plays, essays, travel writing, and other nonfiction, in addition to the novels.
While all topics are welcome, the location of the conference in the U. S. capital invites readings related to nationalism, cosmopolitanism, transatlanticism, seats of power, Americana, museum cultures in the 19th C, material cultures, and the work of preservation. Further, given the centennial years of World War I, papers offering new examinations of Wharton’s relationship to the war are particularly invited.
Proposals might also explore Wharton’s work in the context of such figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Adams or Wharton’s work in relation to that of her contemporaries, such as Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Nella Larsen, Anita Loos, Henry James, and more. All theoretical approaches are welcome, including feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, Marxist, queer studies, affective studies, disability studies, and ecocritical perspectives.
We plan to organize paper sessions, roundtables, and panel presentations. In addition, there will be a keynote speaker and opportunities for tours of local exhibits. Further details forthcoming at the conference website https://whartoninwashington2016.wordpress.com/.
Please submit 350-500-word abstracts and brief CV as one Word document to WhartoninWashington2016@gmail.com
by July 15, 2015.
All conference participants must be members of the Edith Wharton Society at the time of registration.
For more information about the conference, contact Conference Directors
Melanie Dawson (College of William & Mary) and
Jennifer Haytock (The College at Brockport, SUNY)
through the conference email account.
Comment: Is there any speculation about the approximate date of Wharton’s unpublished “Fiction and Criticism,” reprinted in The Uncollected Writings (1997)? Even a decade (late 20s/early 30s)? Thanks so much!
Reply by dhefko:
n the second paragraph of “Fiction and Criticism,” Wharton quotes an article titled “Notes of a Novel Reader” from Volume 36 of _The Critic_, published in 1900. The time markers in the first two paragraphs of Wharton’s piece (“Not many years ago” and “A few years since”) suggest that the piece in _The Critic_ was fairly contemporaneous with Wharton’s critique of it. Based on these clues, it seems reasonable to suggest that Wharton wrote “Fiction and Criticism” within a few years of 1900—and probably no later than 1910.
As some of you know, the Edith Wharton Society is currently organizing a conference to be held in Washington, DC early June 2016. A formal call for papers and conference web site will soon follow. At this time, Conference Directors Melanie Dawson and Jennifer Haytock, with the help of EWS Treasurer Carole Shaffer-Koros, are seeking incorporation as well as tax-exemption in Washington, DC for purposes of hosting the conference. Doing so will make a marked difference as the Society is currently operating on a very limited budget. This means, then, that we are hoping to identify a contact person with a Washington, DC address. It is important to note that whoever volunteers will incur no responsibility whatsoever; Carole Shaffer-Koros will be handling this process. Of course the Society will owe this person a great debt of gratitude. If you or someone you know is willing, please contact me directly, as soon as possible, at the address below.
All best wishes and thank you for your time and consideration.
President, The Edith Wharton Society