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Note: Terence Davies, director of The House of Mirth, will speak at the Edith Wharton in London Conference at 7:30 p. m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2003.

The 2003 Conference of the International Edith Wharton Society

Here is the schedule of times and presenters. Please check the presenters' list below the schedule for paper titles.
14 to 17 July 2003, Southlands College, University of Surrey, Roehampton

Edith Wharton in London

The 2003 Conference of the International Edith Wharton Society

14 to 17 July 2003, Southlands College, University of Surrey, Roehampton

Monday, 14 July 2003

Conference Registration Begins at 12 noon and continues until 4 p.m.
Southlands College – Reception Area

(Rooms available at 2 p.m. Luggage can be stored.)

4 p.m. Afternoon Tea

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks – 4: 30 to 5 p.m.

5 p.m. Opening Plenary

“Edith Wharton and Humor,” Janet Beer and Avril Horner

6:30 p.m. Reception

7 p.m. Buffet Supper/Dinner

Tuesday, 15 July

<Breakfast served for those in campus housing>

Session 1 : 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

1a. Edith Wharton’s “Awakeners”

Jean Frantz Blackall
Frederick Wegener
Lori M. Campbell

1b. The House of Mirth: I

Paul Ohler
Elaine Pigeon
Elsa Nettels

1c. The Importance of Place

Dale Flynn
Shirley Foster
Mirjana vanZeijderveld

10:30 a.m. Morning Coffee

11 a.m. Keynote Address: Hermione Lee

12:30 p.m. Conference Lunch

2 to 3:30 p.m. Session 2

2a. Minding Morals

Rita Bode
Sarah Emsley
Sharon Kim

2b. The House of Mirth: II

Berry Bloomingdale
Emily J. Orlando
Margaret A. Toth

2c. Political Issues in the Works of Edith Wharton

William Morgan
Michael Nowlin
Robin Peel

3:30 Tea

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Session 3

3a. Edith Wharton’s Legacy

Rosemary E. Johnsen
Nels Pearson
Teresa Gomez Reus

3b. The Custom of the Country

Sarah J. Littlefield
Deborah Scaperoth
Elaine M. Toia

3c. Edith Wharton and Film

Linda Costanzo Cahir
Anneloes van Gaalen
James M. Welsh

5:30 p.m. <Bar Open>

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m Featured speaker: Terence Davies, director of The House of Mirth,

Wednesday, 16 July

9 to 10:30 a.m. Session 4

4a. Edith Wharton and Henry James

Annette L. Benert
Victoria Coulson
Amy A. Easton

4b. Psychological Investigations

Pamela Knights
Kristin Lauer
Allyson G. Stack

4c. Edith Wharton & Book Studies

Edie Thornton
Shafquat Towheed
Mary Sidney Watson

10:30 Morning Coffee

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session 5

5a. Edith Wharton and Poetry

Julie Olin-Ammentorp
Alan Price
Carol Singley

5b. Edith Wharton and the Gothic

Benjamin F. Fisher
Darcie Dine Rives
John Tibbetts

5c. The Buccanneers

Daniel Bratton
Suzanne W. Jones
Anne MacMaster

12:30 to 2 p.m. Conference Lunch and Business Meeting

2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Session 6

6a. Edith Wharton Abroad: Friends and Places

Donna Campbell
Richard Dunn

6b. Travelling with Edith Wharton

James D. Wallace
Sarah Bird Wright

6c. Presentation: A Database of Edith Wharton Short Stories

Reiner Kornetta and Patricia Fra Lopez

6d. Edith Wharton and War: I

Hildegard Hoeller
Laura Saltz

3 p.m. Break

3:30 to 5 p.m. Session 7

7a. The Short Stories

Barbara Comins
Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
Maria das Gracas Gomes Villa da Silva

7b. Debating Frameworks: Anthropological, Biological, Sociological Approaches to Edith Wharton

Sharon Kehl Califano
Timothy J. Lustig
Judith P. Saunders

7c. Edith Wharton and War: II

Blazek, William
Nolan, Liz
Saxon, Theresa

5 p.m. <Bar Open>

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner

8 p.m. Performance: Cherished Friend/Dearest Adversary: Edith Wharton and Henry James, Barbara Becker and Peter Amster:

9 p.m. Closing Reception

17 July 2003

9 to 10 a.m (tentative time) <Closing Conference Breakfast >

Check out of rooms by 10:30 a.m. Luggage may be stored.

NOTE: Room reservations may be extended to Friday 18 July for those wishing an additional day in the area.

Conference Papers

Dr. Ferda Asya
Bowling Green State University (USA)
Dual Sensibility in Anarchism: Revolution and Evolution in Edith Wharton's Later Fiction

Dr. Barbara S. Becker
Cherished Friend/Dearest Adversary: Edith Wharton and Henry James

Dr. Annette L. Benert
DeSales University (USA)
Heartless Homes in the Works of James and Wharton

Dr. Jean Frantz Blackhall
Journeying to Bear Mountain: The Inception of Ethan Frome

Dr. William Blazek
Liverpool Hope University College (England)
To the Front: Wharton's Artistic Engagement with World War I

Berry Bloomingdale
Loyola Marymount University (USA)
Society, Women and Marriage in The House of Mirth

Rita Bode
Trent University (Canada)
Edith Wharton: The "George Eliot" of her Time

Dr. Daniel Bratton
Miyazaki International College (Japan/Canada)
The Buccaneers and the English Leisure Class

Sharon Kehl Califano
University of New Hampshire (USA)
Shadows of North Africa and Modernistic Vision: The Racial "Othering" of Charity Royall

Dr. Donna Campbell
Gonzaga University (USA)
"It is a kind of exile, isn't it?": Hamlin Garland, Edith Wharton, and the Place of the Literary Expatriate

Dr. Lori M. Campbell
University of Pittsburgh (USA)
What Lies Beneath, From New York to London: Defining Society, Self and Other in the Fantastic Tales of Edith Wharton and Oscar Wilde

Benjamin D. Carson
University of Nebraska -- Lincoln (USA)
"That Doubled Vision": Edith Wharton and The House of Mirth

Dr. Barbara Comins
LaGuardian Community College/CUNY (USA)
A Glance at "A Glimpse"

Joanna Cooper
Temple University (USA)
Ghosts of New England: Edith Wharton's Gothic Response to Progressive-Era Social Control

Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir
Centenary College (USA)
Where did "The Age of Innocence" Go Wrong?: The Aesthetics of Literature to Film Translations

Dr. Victoria Coulson
Selwyn College (England)
Impersonality and Identification in Realism: The Vexed Friendship of Edith Wharton and Henry James

M. Richard Dunn
Geoffrey Scott and Edith Wharton

Amy A. Easton
Brigham Young University (USA)
Wharton and James and Fictive Portraiture

Dr. Sarah Emsley
Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford (England/USA)
Virtue is its Humphry Ward: Edith Wharton, Mary Ward, and the Moral Best-seller

Susan Fanetti
Saint Louis University (USA)
Women on the Edge: Lily Bart, Maggie Tulliver,and the Disenfranchisement of the Unmarried Woman

Dr. Benjamin F. Fisher
University of Mississippi (USA)
"All [Weird/Disturbed] Souls": Wharton's Ghostly Tales

Dr. Dale Flynn
University of California, Davis (USA)
Edith Wharton in England: A Literary History in Pictures

Dr. Shirley Foster
University of Sheffield (England)
Garden Images in the Writings of Edith Wharton

Cristina Giorcelli
University of Rome Three Italy
Wharton and Malta

Dr. Meredith Goldsmith
Whitman College (USA)
Svengali, Rosedale, Freud: Jewish Masculinity in Wharton in its European Contexts

Dr. Jennifer Haytock
University of Illinois at Springfield (USA)
Dr. Merkle and Female Sexuality in Summer

Dr. Deborah Hecht
Touro Law Center (USA)
Edith Wharton: Representing Lawyers

Dr. Hildegard Hoeller
CUNY, Staten Island (USA)
Narrative and the Problem of Seeing in Edith Wharton's Fighting France II

Dr. Lisa Jadwin
St. John Fisher College (USA)
Readerly Ambivalence in The Age of Innocence

Dr. Li Jin
P.R. China
Characterization of Women in The American and The Age of Innocence

Rosemary E. Johnsen
Grand Valley State University (USA)
Rosamond Lehmann: One of Edith Wharton's English Inheritors

W. Suzanne Jones
University of Richmond (USA)
The Relation of the Novelist to Daydreaming: Edith Wharton's The Buccaneers as Revisionary Memoir

Dr. Sharon Kim
Judson College (USA)
Edith Wharton's Engagement with Modernist Literary Epiphany

Dr. Pamela Knights
University of Durham (England)
The White Light of the Mind: Edith Wharton's Night Thoughts

Dr. Reiner Kornetta
Teacher's College Ludwigsburg (Germany)
A Database of Edith Wharton's Short Stories

Dr. Kristin Lauer
Fordham University, Dept of English (USA)
Gallery of the Damned: The Secret Agenda of Edith Wharton's Lovers

Dr. Sarah J. Littlefield
Salve Regina University (USA)
Female Friendship in the Memoirs, Letters, and Literature of Edith Wharton

Dr. Patricia Lopez
University of Santiago de Compostella
(See above: joint presentation with Reiner Kornetta)

Timothy John Lustig
Keele University (England)
Rereading The Age of Innocence: Anthropology or Sociology?

Dr. Anne MacMaster
Millsaps College (USA)
The Buccaneers as Subversive Novel in the 1930

Christine Mahady
University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Beyond Forces: Edith Wharton's Dialogue with American Literary Naturalism

Dr. William M. Morgan
DePauw University (USA)
Summer, Wilsonian Neutrality, and the Language of Friendship

Dr. Susan Meyer
Wellesley College (USA)
"Crossing, Sir?": Art, England, and Henry James in Edith Wharton's The Reef

Dr. Radmila Nastic
Edith Wharton's Tragic Paradigm

Dr. Elsa Nettels
College of William and Mary (USA)
Wharton and Hardy: Creating the "Sense of Fatality" in The House of Mirth and Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Liz Nolan
Manchester Metropolitan University (England)
(See below: joint presentation with Teresa Saxon)

Dr. Michael Nowlin
University of Victoria (Canada)
Before the Country's Awakening": Mis-recognition and National Growth in "The Spark"

Paul Ohler
University of British Columbia (Canada)
Social progress means a checking of the cosmic process": T.H. Huxley's "Evolution and Ethics" and The House of Mirth

Dr. Julie Olin-Ammentorp
LeMoyne College (USA)
Wharton's War Elegies

Dr. Emily J. Orlando
Tennessee State University (USA)
"Pictures of Lily": Body Art in The House of Mirth

Monika Pacziga
University of Kansas (USA)
Women and Romantic Love in Edith Wharton and Gustav Klimt

Dr. Nels Pearson
Tennessee State University (USA)
Edith Wharton and Elizabeth Bowen

Dr. Robin Peel
University of Plymouth (England)
Apart from Modernism: Edith Wharton and Politics

Elaine Pigeon
Concordia University (Canada)
Redrawing The Portrait: Edith Wharton's House of Mirth

Dr. Alan Price
Penn State University, Hazelton (USA)
Wharton and Corinne Roosevelt Robinson: When Friends Become Mentors

Alicia Mischa Renfroe
University of Tennessee (USA)
"The Law of Its Little Life": The Role of Justice in Henry James's "What Maisie Knew" and Edith Wharton's The Children

Dr. Teresa Gomez Reus
University of Alicante (Spain)
Wharton's Legacy to English Women Writers: Moments of Similarity between "Pomegranate Seed" and Rebecca

Darcie Dines Rives
University of Nebraska -- Lincoln (USA)
Can this Woman's Home be Saved?: Gothic Ficatin and Edith Wharton's The Decoration of Houses

Dr. Deborah Robinson
Roger Williams University (USA)
(See above: joint presentation with Sarah Littlefield)

Karin Roffman
Yale University (USA)
Edith Wharton and the London Museums: Curators and Writers

Dr. Augusta Rohrbach
Harvard University (USA)
Lights, Camera: House of Mirth!

Dr. Laura Saltz
Colby College (USA)
Narrative and the Problem of Seeing in Edith Wharton's Fighting France I

Judith P. Saunders
Marist College (USA)
Evolutionary Biological Issues in The Children

Theresa Saxon
Manchester Metropolitan University (England)
War in Words: Edith Wharton and Henry James in World War One

Deborah Scaperoth
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA)
Undine Spragg as Symbol of the Maiden in the Unicorn Tapestries

Dr. Carole Shaffer-Koros
Kean University (USA)
Nietzsche and The Custom of the Country

Dr. Carol Singley
Rutgers University, Camden (USA)
Edith Wharton and A.E. Housman: Literary Friendship, Common Threads

Allyson G. Stack
University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
"Beatrice Palmato" and Wharton's Theory of the Uncanny

Dr. Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
Holy Cross College (USA)
Ghost Writing: The Spirit of Henry James in Wharton's "Mr. Jones"

Dr. Edie Thornton
University of Wisconsin--Whitewater (USA)
From Gibson Girl to The X Files: Refashioning Lily Bart, 1905-2000

John Tibbetts
University of Kansas (USA)
Edith Wharton's Ghostly Short Stories

Dr. Elaine M. Toia
SUNY, Rockland Community College (USA)
The Custom of the Country: Reflections and Self-Reflection

Margaret A. Toth
Tufts University (USA)
Cannibalism, Starvation, and the Female Body in The House of Mirth

Dr. Shafquat Towheed
University of Nottingham (England)
Edith Wharton and her London Publishers

Madeleine A. Vala
University of Michigan (USA)
Wharton's Sentimental Art(ists) and the International Scene

Anneloes van Gaalen
University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
"All the World's A Stage": Theatricality in The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence

Mirjana van Zeijderveld
(The Netherlands)
New York in the Novels of Edith Wharton

Dr. Maria das Gracas Gomes Villa da Silva
Unesp-Universidade Estadual Paulista-Campus Araraquara-Sao Paul-Brazil (Brazil)
Edith Wharton's "Xingu": An Exotic Poisonous Writing

Dr. James D. Wallace
Boston College (USA)
Wharton's Motor-Flight and the Cost of Connoisseurship

Mary Sidney Watson
Oklahoma Baptist University (USA)
Wharton's Declaration of Independence: The Contest Over the Imagining of Eliot

Dr. Frederick Wegener
California State University, Long Beach (USA)
The Forgotten "Awakener": Robert Browning in the Work of Edith Wharton

Deborah Lindsay Williams
Iona College (USA)
Not Dead Yet: Edith Wharton's Challenges to the Literary World in Hudson River Bracketed and The Gods Arrive

Dr. Sarah Bird Wright
University of Richmond (USA)
Edith Wharton, Vernon Lee, and the Genius Loci

Dr. Cynthia Zaitzevsky
Harvard University

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The Keynote Speaker will be Hermione Lee, Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford and the author of a new biography of Edith Wharton. (To hear an interview with Hermione Lee about her work on Wharton, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/speech/workinp/lee.shtml.)