ALA Boston May 2015: Edith Wharton & the First World War, deadline 15 January 2015

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Paul Ohler/Edith Wharton Society
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Edith Wharton and the First World War

In her autobiography A Backward Glance Edith Wharton recalls "the dark bewildering days of August 1914" that she experienced as a resident of Paris at the outbreak of World War I. The war drove Wharton to take up relief work for refugees, travel to the front, and scold her native country for its belated participation in the war. Wharton responded in journalism, fiction, and poetry that familiarized Americans with the country they were protecting and depicted the human and cultural loss caused by the conflict. This panel seeks papers that consider any aspect of Wharton's multiform response to World War I. Papers might address Wharton's sympathetic depictions of French culture in non-fiction works like Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belport, and French Ways and Their Meanings, or works of fiction such as The Marne, A Son at the Front, and The Mother's Recompense. Also welcome are comparative papers on Wharton's war related writings and better-known works on the war by Hemingway, Woolf, Dos Passos, Barbusse, and others, as well as the relation of Wharton's war reportage to that of other women. Please send 250-500 word proposals and short CVs to Paul Ohler at Paul.Ohler@kpu.ca by 15 January 2015.