Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2011 (Atlanta, GA, November 4-6, 2011)

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Mary Carney / Edith Wharton Society
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"Treasure after Treasure": Edith Wharton and the Writer's Imagination

The Edith Wharton Society seeks papers that engage in creative ways with this year's SAMLA conference theme: "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World." We are not, however, confining the panel to her poetry. Instead, we will follow Percy Bysshe Shelley's definition from In Defence of Poetry: "Poetry, in a general sense, may be defined as 'the expression of the imagination.'" Can we consider Wharton to be one of those "unacknowledged legislators of the world" who expresses the "spirit of the age"? How does she define literature and its value? What is the role of a writer? What aesthetic "treasures" create powerful moments in her writings? How have her imaginative works shaped the perspectives of her generation and subsequent ones? We welcome papers that highlight the power of Wharton's imagination.

Please send your 300-500 word abstract and a one-page CV as email attachments by May 9, 2011, to Mary Carney at mcarney@gsc.edu.

The 2011 SAMLA conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 4-6, 2011. For more information on SAMLA, visit http://samla.gsu.edu/convention/convention.htm.