CFP: Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2014 (Deadline: 6.9.14)

Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2014 (Atlanta, GA, November 7-9, 2014)

Sustaining Humanity: The Abundance of Edith Wharton

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that engage with this year’s SAMLA conference theme: “Sustainability and the Humanities.” The concept of sustainability in Edith Wharton’s writings has a multiplicity of meanings.  During this centenary of World War I, one thinks of her efforts to sustain France and its cultural heritages, work recognized by the French Legion of Honor. Or perhaps the imagination might turn to the ways in which her enduring wit uncovered the humorous and disturbing nature of humanity:  “No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity” (The House of Mirth, Chapter 10). More literally, one might consider Wharton’s planning and design of outdoor spaces.  With remarkable talent in landscape architecture, Wharton favored sustainability, as well as aesthetics. A range of creative responses to this topic is welcome, including examinations of her non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Please send your 300-500 word abstract and a one-page CV as email attachments by June 9, 2014 to Mary Carney, University of North Georgia,

The 2014 SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7-9, 2014. For more information, visit