CFP : Edith Wharton’s New York
Conference : Edith Wharton’s New York
(Bucharest, September 19-20, 2013)
EAAS (European Association for American Studies) Workshop
European Study Group of Nineteenth Century American Literature
FAAAM (Femmes Auteures Anglaises et Américaines) - Paris Ouest Nanterre La
Nineteenth Century American Women Writers Study Group “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy
Call for Participation
Descriptions of cities, urban neighborhoods, urban environments, street scenes (happening on sidewalks, in public transportation, etc.), apartment buildings are fairly frequent in the modern novel, especially at the turn of the century, when cities were re-invented everywhere in Europe and the United States. They contribute to creating atmosphere, but they are also much more than an adequate background for the plot ; they help defining characters and situations, human relationships and psychological movements.
New York City in particular, “the great metropolis of the Western World,” was dedicated not only poems, songs, paintings, photographs, and (since 1894) movies, but also novels and short stories. Henry James, Edith Wharton, O. Henry, Theodore Dreisser, Stephen Crane are the best known authors in this respect.
The conference will concentrate on Edith Wharton’s New York, as featured in her novels, short stories, and novellas, and as reconstructed in movies by taking into consideration that New York itself is at times treated as a real character in the novels or stories ; the city has its own organic growth, almost like a living body. It is endowed with personality and idiosyncrasies. Furthermore, NYC evolves and seems to put American modernity in a nutshell, though it also appears at times as very "provincial."
Papers are welcome which will try to assess :
We encourage contributions from literary scholars, as well as from historians, specialists in urban studies, etc.
There is no conference fee.
Please submit abstracts no later than February 1, 2013 to Mariana Net
Basic bibliography :
1) Books by Edith Wharton ;
The House of Mirth, 1905
The Custom of the Country, 1913
The Age of Innocence, 1920
Old New York, 1924
The New York Stories of Edith Wharton, 2007
2) Adaptations for cinema :
The Age of Innocence, directed by Martin Scorsese, 1993
The House of Mirth, directed by Terrence Davies, 2000
3) Basic materials about NYC :
Thomas Bender, The Unfinished City : New York and the Metropolitan Idea. New
York : New Press ; London : I. B. Tauris, 2002
Mary Black, Old New York in Early Photographs. 196 prints, 1853-1901, from
the Collection of the New York Historical Society. New York : Dover
Joseph Byron, New York Life at the Turn of the Century in Photographs. From
the Byron Collection of the Museum of the City of New York : Dover
Kenneth T. Jackson (ed.), The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven and
London : Yale University Press, 1991
Lloyd Morris, Incredible New York. High Life and Low Life from 1850 to 1950.
Syracuse : Syracuse UP  1996
New York : A Documentary (Directed by Ric Burns). CBS, 1999
Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives : Studies Among the Tenements in New
York.New York : Charles Scribner ?s Sons, 1890
Trager, James, The New York Chronology. An Ultimate Compendium of Events,
People and Anecdotes from the Dutch to the Present. New York : Harper