Sunday, March 17, 2013

CFP: Edith Wharton at SAMLA

"The Transatlantic Writer: Edith Wharton, Text, and Travel"
Edith Wharton Society Session at South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA) 2012 (Research Triangle Park, Durham, North Carolina, November 9-11, 2012)
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that engage with this year’s South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA) conference theme: "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile." We welcome a range of responses to this topic, including examinations of her travel writings, other non-fiction, fiction, and poetry.
Please send your 300-500 word abstract and a one-page CV as email attachments by 12 May 2012 to Mary Carney at
The 2012 SAMLA conference will be in Research Triangle Park, Durham, North Carolina, November 9-11, 2012. For more information on SAMLA, visit

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Edith Wharton's pronouns: just right

Plutarch was practically the worst, Edith Wharton was right on, and Shakespeare was about average.
That's all in terms of the balance of pronouns they used in their writing. Plutarch used nearly 16 masculine pronouns for every feminine one in his books, while Shakespeare had a 3:1 ratio of pronouns. Edith Wharton's books, on the other hand, talked about men and women in nearly equal measure.