Realism, Naturalism, and the Powers of Horror in Edith Wharton's Writing

full name / name of organization: 
Edith Wharton Society/American Literature Association Annual Meeting, Boston MA
contact email: 
mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu

Realism, Naturalism, and the Powers of Horror in Edith Wharton's Writing--American Literature Association Annual Meeting, Boston MA 26-29 2011. Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society.

This panel explores the relationship between realism, naturalism, and horror in Wharton's writing. Where do the boundaries lie between Gothic and realist modes of representation? In what ways might the turn-of-the-century fascination with vampires, zombies, and werewolves, among others, inform Wharton's work? How might Wharton's writing be compared with other realist and naturalist authors dealing with similar issues? Gendered, historical, psychoanalytic approaches encouraged. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts and a brief c.v. by January 20th to Meredith Goldsmith, Associate Professor of English, Ursinus College, mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
gender_studies_and_sexuality
twentieth_century_and_beyond