The Mount enjoys a close working relationship with The Edith Wharton Society, an international membership organization dedicated to fostering Wharton scholarship. The Society was founded by Professor Annette Zilversmit in 1983, meeting for the first time on December 17, 1983, at the MLA Convention in New York City. Since that time, members of the Society have seen Edith Wharton take her place in the canon of important American literary figures.
The special conferences organized by The Edith Wharton Society–in Paris, at The Mount in Massachusetts, at Yale University, and in London–have provided exciting opportunities for scholars from around the world to come together and exchange ideas. The next conference will be held in Florence, Italy in June 2013.
The Society’s panels at MLA conventions have stimulated on-going discussion among both scholars and students. Its publication, The Edith Wharton Review, goes out to over three hundred subscribers.
We are pleased to include links to abstracts for papers presented by three Society members at the January 6, 2012 MLA panel “Wharton at 150″:
- By Stephanie Miller: “‘Actuality and Changefulness’: Narrative Ending as Performance Frame in Edith Wharton’s ‘Confession’ and Kate Spain“