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Call for Papers

Update: Call for Selected Conference Papers

Selected conference papers will be published in a 2006 issue of THE HUDSON
RIVER VALLEY REVIEW.  Papers that include consideration of the landscape,
culture, or history of the Mid-Hudson region are especially welcome.
Revised papers (approximately 2,000--4,000 words) with complete
documentation, MLA style, should be submitted by September 20, 2005 to the
guest editors:  Professors Donald Anderson and Judith Saunders, Department
of English, Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 1260l.


Celebrating the Centenary of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth

Thurs., June 23- Sat., June 25, 2005.

Proposal Deadline: January 10, 2005.

Keynote Speaker: Martha Banta


Wharton’s much-read, much-analyzed novel The House of Mirth was published in 1905; in 2005 we will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In honor of this occasion, the Edith Wharton Society is sponsoring a conference to be held in June 23-25, 2005, at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The conference will include a number of concurrent sessions focusing on a range of topics pertaining to Wharton’s landmark novel. Topics might include The House of Mirth and

• other novels of the period (c. 1900-1910)
• other writings by Wharton (including fiction, poetry, short story, essay)
• the traditions of realism and naturalism
• other fiction in or about the Hudson Valley
• material culture
• social class
• the Gilded Age and conspicuous consumption

Other topics might include

• adaptations of The House of Mirth for film, television, and the stage
• marketing The House of Mirth over its hundred-year history
• portrayals of Lily Bart in illustrations, films, book cover art
• comparisons of Lily Bart to female characters in related fiction
• teaching The House of Mirth: problems and solutions, challenges and rewards

Please send completed 20-minute (10-page) papers, or 250-500 word abstracts, to Julie Olin-Ammentorp by January 10, 2005. If possible, please send electronically (HM2005@lemoyne.edu); mailing address

Julie Olin-Ammentorp
Dept. of English
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Rd.,
Syracuse, NY 13214-1399

Marist College is located in the historic Hudson Valley, just a few minutes' drive from the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Mills Mansion, the homes of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Culinary Institute of America--among many other interesting sites. (Two commercial websites you might find of interest are hvnet.com and hudsonriver.com.)