Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Call for Nominations for EWS Executive Board

Members of the Edith Wharton Society are invited to nominate candidates for at-large membership to the Executive Board. Self-nominations are also permitted.

Deadline for nominations for this year: April 15, 2005.

Duties of Board Members:

1. Board members customarily serve for two years and are expected to attend Board meetings and EWS business meetings at conferences (when possible).

2. Board members are expected to participate in e-mail discussions of Board business.

3. Board members are expected to referee articles for the Edith Wharton Review.

For information on the duties of an Executive Board member, see Sections VI and VII of the Constitution of the Edith Wharton Society.

If you would like to nominate someone, please use the online form at send the equivalent information by e-mail or letter to Edith Thornton, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 800 West Main Street. Whitewater, WI 53190-1790.

Both nominator and proposed nominee must be members of the Edith Wharton Society.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Edith Wharton sessions at ALA

Edith Wharton Sessions and Business Meeting at ALA, May 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 - 9:20 am

Session 16-G Edith Wharton and Money (Place TBA)

Organized by the Edith Wharton Society

Chair: Hildegard Hoeller, College of Staten Island — City University of New York

1. “'It Cost Him a Visible Effort to Take a Few Steps…': Wharton's Use of Money as a Signifer of Disability in Ethan Frome,” Christopher Bell, University of Illinois at Chicago .

2. “Edith Wharton and Money: The Financial Factor on the Axis of Heterosexual and Homosocial Relationships,” Stephanie Taitano, University of Texas , Arlington .

3. “The Jewish Economy of Risk in The House of Mirth,” Naomi Reed, University of Illinois , Urbana-Champaign.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 9:30-10:50 am
Session 17J: Business Meeting of the Edith Wharton Society (Place TBA)(Not yet listed on ALA program but confirmed with Alfred Bendixen)

Saturday, May 28, 2005 11:00 am - 12:20 pm (Place TBA)

Session 18-G Edith Wharton: Critical Perspectives.

Organized by the Edith Wharton Society

Chair: Carol Sapora, Villa Julie College

1. "A Critical Rivalry: The Competing Methods of Mrs. Wharton and Mrs. Woolf," Sharon Kehl Califano, University of New Hampshire .
2. "The Critics, The Canon, and Cultural Capital: Edith Wharton as a Short Story Writer," Gary Totten, North Dakota State University .
3. "'Wherever You Seize It, It's Interesting': Subject, Class, and Aesthetic Value in Edith Wharton's Critical Prose," Frederick Wegener, California State University , Long Beach .

Friday, March 04, 2005

Request: Wharton Family Members

The Wharton DNA Surname Project is seeking participation of members of the Philadelphia Wharton family (includes the Edward "Teddy" Wharton family into which Edith married). This project is currently characterizing several genes of the paternally-inherited Y chromosome of several lineages using the name Wharton. The results are a valuable tool for genealogists working to assess relationships among families with the same surname. Participation is easy using simple cheek swabs that are provided and returned by mail. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Wharton,, or visit the Family Tree DNA website