Edith Wharton in Florence is delighted to
announce that our keynote speaker will be Donna Campbell.
Campbell is associate professor of English at Washington State
University, where she has recently held the Buchanan Distinguished
Professorship (2007-2010). Her work on Edith Wharton has focused on Wharton’s relationships to her American contemporaries and to American naturalism, including discussions of Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth in Resisting Regionalism: Gender and Naturalism in American Fiction, 1885-1915 (Ohio UP, 1997; Northeast MLA Book Prize, 1995). Recent publications on Wharton include “Edith
Wharton’s ‘Book of the Grotesque’: Sherwood Anderson, Modernism, and the Late Stories” (Edith Wharton Review,
2010); “A Literary Expatriate: Hamlin Garland, Edith Wharton, and the Politicsof a Literary Reputation” (Edith Wharton
Review, 2008); “Edith Wharton: Short Stories,” in A Companion to the American Short Story (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009);
“Where are the ladies? Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, and American Women Naturalists” (Studies in American
Naturalism, 2006); and “The ‘bitter taste’ of Naturalism: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and David Graham
Phillips’s Susan Lenox” (Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on
American Literary Naturalism, 2003). Other work includes “Edith Wharton and the ‘Authoresses: The Critique of Local Color in Wharton’s Early Fiction” (Studies in American Fiction, 1994), an introduction to the Northeastern University Press edition of The Fruit of the Tree (2000), and an interview for The Secret Life of
Edith Wharton, a documentary to accompany Lucasfilm’s “Young Indy” DVD series reissue (2007). She received the Edith Wharton Society Research Award in 2009 for her project, “Wharton and the Transnational Body: Gabrielle Landormy, Citizenship, and Modernity in the Late Works of Edith Wharton.” She currently holds an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship (2011) at the Lilly Library of Indiana University for “Cinema, Technology, and Modern Visual Culture in the Fiction of Edith Wharton,” and Wharton features prominently in all the chapters of her current book
project Bitter Tastes: Naturalism, Early Film, and American Women’s Writing. A past president of the Edith Wharton Society, she created its web site in 1999 and continues to serve as webmaster.