Friday, April 19, 2013

Edith Wharton Symposium

Edith Wharton Symposium, Liverpool Hope University 22-23 August 2013

We’re delighted to confirm that the keynote speakers for this event will be Pamela Knights and Gary Totten.  Both, of course, are terrific Wharton scholars and speakers: Gary, the immediate past president of the Society and editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture, while Pam, who has published very extensively on Wharton, is perhaps best known as the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton (bios below). We very much look forward to their keynotes.

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Best wishes,
Laura and Bill

 Pamela Knights is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Durham University. She is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton (2009), and co-author of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (2006). Other publications on Wharton include chapters in The Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton (1995), Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (2010), “This Strange Dream upon the Water”: Venice and the Cultural Imagination (2012), and Edith Wharton in Context (2012). She has also written introductions to editions of The House of Mirth and Ethan Frome, and is currently working on a new monograph for Palgrave Macmillan.

Gary Totten is Professor of English at North Dakota State University and immediate past president of the Edith Wharton Society.  He is the editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (2007) and a special issue of the Edith Wharton Review on “Teaching Wharton’s Late Fiction” (forthcoming Spring 2013).  He is the author of essays on Wharton in various journals, including Twentieth Century Literature, Journal of the Short Story in English, Pedagogy, Studies in American Naturalism, Studies in Travel Writing, College Literature, and the essay collection, Edith Wharton in Context.  He is currently researching The Custom of the Country and Dakota divorce culture, funded by a Beinecke Research Award from the Edith Wharton Society and a Gunlogson Fund Award from North Dakota State University’s Institute for Regional Studies.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Beinecke Award and The Mount Award Winners

Gary Totten, Professor of English, North Dakota State University: “Wharton’s Wild West:Undine Spragg, Medora de Mores, and Dakota Divorce Culture”

Sheila Liming, Ph D candidate, English, Carnegie Mellon University: “Edith Wharton and Modern Economies of Book Ownership”