The Complete Works of Edith Wharton Welcomes Gianfranca Balestra as Co-Editor of Volume 29, Translations and Adaptations.
Gianfranca Balestra was Full Professor of American Literature at the University of Siena, Italy. She has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with monographs on Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her latest book Riflessi del Grande Gatsby. Traduzioni, cinema, teatro, musica (Rome: Artemide, 2019) analyzes the numerous Italian translations of Fitzgerald’s novel as well as its film, theater and music adaptations. Her scholarship on Wharton includes a book on the ghost stories (I fantasmi di Edith Wharton, Rome: Bulzoni, 1993), the editing with Introductions of Italian translations of The Reef and The Touchstone, and nearly two dozen essays and reviews. Some of these articles discuss Wharton’s works related to Italy (such as The Valley of Decision, Italian Backgrounds, Italian Villas and their Gardens, and poems about Italian art), are published in Italian, and represent a significant contribution to the writer’s reception in Italy. Many of her articles in English have appeared in international journals and various collections of essays. Among these: “What the Children Knew: The Manuscript of Disintegration, An Unfinished Novel” (1995), “’For the Use of the Magazine Morons’: Edith Wharton Rewrites the Tale of the Fantastic” (1996), “Edith Wharton’s Italian Tale: Language Exercise and Social Discourse” (1999), “Women Writers on the Verge of the Twentieth Century: Edith Wharton et.al.” (2014). Gianfranca Balestra is co-editor, for the part on Italian translations, of vol. 29 Translations and Adaptations in The Complete Works of Edith Wharton, to be published by Oxford University Press.
CWEWh is pleased to announce that Nynke Dorhout, Librarian at The Mount, has joined the CWEWh Advisory Board.
Nynke Dorhout holds a Master of Arts degree from Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is currently the Librarian at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, Massachusetts. After serving for ten years as Assistant Collections Manager at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, she has been in charge of Edith Wharton’s 2,700 volume library, archives, and collections at The Mount since 2011. As librarian, she assists researchers from around the world. Her further responsibilities include inventory, documentation, storage, preservation, acquisitions and loans, as well as specialized library tours, programs, online content, and exhibits.
Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor and Professor, Liverpool University
Nancy Bentley, Professor, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
Nynke Dorhout, Librarian, The Mount
Susan Goodman, Professor, Department of English, H. Fletcher Brown Chair of the Humanities, University of Delaware (emerita)
Dame Hermione Lee, President, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Stephen Orgel, Professor, Department of English, The Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University
Kenneth Price, Hillegass University Professor of American Literature, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Wesley Raabe, Graduate Studies Coordinator and Associate Professor, Kent State University
Elaine Showalter, Professor, Department of English, Princeton University (emerita),
Susan Tomlinson, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Shafquat Towheed, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), The Open University
Linda Wagner-Martin, Frank Borden Hanes Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (emerita)
My first book, ‘Gilded Prostitution: Money, Migration and Marriage, 1870-1914’ (Routledge, 1989) was a study of transatlantic relations and culture focusing on American women who married into the British peerage. I followed this up with a study of American women in the bourgeois elite, concentrating on New York City and drawing upon the fiction of Edith Wharton, entitled Displaying Women: Spectacles of Leisure in Edith Wharton’s New York (Routledge, 1998). My current book project, Whiteness and Politeness: The Racialization of Civilization, 1880-1930, is another venture into the cultural history of the period and examines travel literature, etiquette manuals, and novels of manners as a way of understanding how the American bourgeois elite conceptualized national identity at a time of fraught racial tensions.
A cosmopolitan author who spent nearly a decade in Europe and was versed in the works of his British and French contemporaries, James Fenimore Cooper was also deeply concerned with the America of his day and its history. His works embrace themes that have dominated American literature since: the frontier; the oppression of Native Americans by Europeans; questions of race, gender, and class; and rugged individualism, as represented by figures like the pirate, the spy, the hunter, and the settler. His most memorable character, Natty Bumppo, has entered into American popular culture.
The essays in this volume offer students bridges to Cooper’s novels, which grapple with complex moral issues that are still crucial today. Engaging with film adaptations, cross-culturalism, animal studies, media history, environmentalism, and Indigenous American poetics, the essays offer new ways to bring these novels to life in the classroom.
The main thrust of my research is in nineteenth and twentieth century British and American literature, with a particular interest in the history of the book. Within this broad and inclusive subject, I have three specific areas of interest: (1) the history of reading; (2) the relationship between authors and publishers; and (3) the relationship between copyright law and literature. In addition, I also work on South Asian writing in English.
I have written, edited, and co-edited 8 books, and my articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals, such as Victorian Studies, Book History, Publishing History, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Journal of Victorian Culture, English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, Primerjalna Književnost (Comparative Literature) and The Yearbook of English Studies. I regularly review for a number of peer-reviewed journals.
I joined FDU’s Vancouver Campus in 2008 and also teach online courses for students on all FDU campuses. I’ve been a Visiting Professor of English in the graduate program at Simon Fraser University and was an Assistant Professor (LT) and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Victoria before joining FDU. In Fall 2017, I was Visiting Professor at Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès. I also pursue significant studies in Music, opera performance, and Digital Humanities. My monographs include Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes (Alberta, 2014) and A Modernist Fantasy: Anarchism, Modernism, and the Radical Fantastic (ELS Editions, 2018). I have also edited several collections, scholarly editions, and open education resources. These include critical editions of Lawrence Durrell’s first two novels (praised in the Times Literary Supplement); a collection of Durrell’s prose, From the Elephant’s Back; an open edition of the 1923 and 1924 textual state of Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time; and an open edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I am the primary or sole author of more than fifty articles and book chapters in publications ranging from Modernism/modernity, English Studies in Canada, Textual Practice, Journal of Modern Literature, Canadian Literature, Mosaic, and The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. I have regularly sat on prize committees, including the MLA Book Prize for Scholarly Editions, the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize, and the Robert K. Martin book prize of the Canadian Association of American Studies. I also publish poetry and creative non-fiction.
Sheila Liming, CWEWh volume editor for Volume 23, Twilight Sleep, has also edited The Age of Innocence for the Norton Library. Wednesday, September 14 at 4:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific You and all interested students and colleagues can RSVP here to receive a Zoom link to attend. All are welcome.