Saturday, September 29, 2007

Caldwell, N.J. "Big Read" Event

From the Star-Ledger:

Actors bring a literary classic to life in Caldwell
'Age of Innocence' reading at high school
Friday, September 21, 2007
Star-Ledger Staff

A spellbound audience listened to the conversation between the illicit lovers -- there was anticipation, an argument, a stolen kiss, and finally tears.

The audience was made up of English students from James Caldwell High School and Mount Saint Dominic Academy and the lovers were really professional actors who had volunteered their time to bring the Edith Wharton classic "The Age of Innocence" to life.

Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche, a married couple with film and Broadway experience, took to the stage Wednesday at Caldwell High School to read aloud Chapter 29 of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel, the scene where Newland Archer meets his wife's cousin Madame Olenska at the train station.

In the novel, Archer is married, but in love with his wife's cousin. [more at the link]

Friday, September 14, 2007

Scorsese's _Age of Innocence_ Score on NPR

Interview with Elmer Bernstein, composer of the score for Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, is available at NPR:
--Submitted by Julie Olin-Ammentorp

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Calls for Papers on Edith Wharton

Call for Papers

Edith Wharton Conference in Lenox, Massachusetts, June 26-28, 2008 "Edith Wharton and History"
Deadline: 20 January 2008

The broad theme of this conference, organized by the Edith Wharton Society, aims to bring historical, cultural, and literary contexts to Wharton's life and all of her work. Please send abstracts of no more than 1000 words and a one-page cv to Carol Singley [] by January 20th, 2008.

Possible topics include:

Edith Wharton and women's history and women's studies

Edith Wharton and women's writing
Edith Wharton in the work of others (her influence on others, her appearance in the work of others)
Historicizing aspects of Wharton's work
Edith Wharton and popular culture
Edith Wharton and cultural phenomena and practices
Edith Wharton and illness, addiction, etc.
Edith Wharton and publishing

CFP, American Literature Association, May 2008: Edith Wharton and the Culture of Celebrity.

Wharton’s treatment of literary, musical, and theatrical celebrity; fans, obsessive and otherwise; the meanings of stardom and fame in Wharton’s fiction; being in and out of the spotlight. All approaches welcome; papers on Wharton’s lesser-known works would be especially appreciated. Please send 1-page abstracts and brief c.v.’s to Meredith Goldsmith ( by January 15, 2008.

CFP: Claiming Space in Edith Wharton's Novels; NeMLA April 10-13, 2008 Buffalo, NY

In The House of Mirth, Lily Bart declares "How delicious to have a place like this all to one's self! What a miserable thing it is to be a woman."
Lily speaks to the unwritten rule that women cannot live alone. She speaks to her desire to have a space, whether physical or metaphorical, of her own, a space where she can live her own life. This panel explores physical and metaphorical spaces in Wharton's novels and specifically address Wharton's female characters and how they experience, manipulate, and claim space. Email abstracts of 250-500 words by Sept. 15, 2007 to Miranda

Miranda Green-Barteet
English Department
Texas A&M University
The Edith Wharton Essay Prize

Call for Submissions

Deadline: October 1, 2007

The Edith Wharton Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar. Graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years are eligible to submit their work.

The winning essay will be published in The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography , and the writer will receive an award of $250.

All entries will be considered for publication in The Edith Wharton Review as well as for the Edith Wharton Essay Prize. Submissions should be 15-25 pages in length and should follow the new 6 th edition MLA style, using endnotes, not footnotes.

Applicants should not identify themselves on the manuscript but should provide a separate cover page that includes their names, academic status, e-mail address, postal addresses, and the notation “The Edith Wharton Essay Prize.”

To submit an essay for the prize, send three copies by October 1, 2007, to either of the editors of The Edith Wharton Review:

Prof. Carole M. Shaffer-Koros, Editor
Dean, School of Visual and Performing Arts
Kean University
Union, NJ 07083

Prof. Linda Costanzo Cahir, Co-editor
Willis 105K
Kean University
Union, NJ 07083