Monthly Archives: February 2023

CWEWh Editors in the News: Sheila Liming in the New York Times

The Case for Chilling

Sheila Liming, the author of “Hanging Out,” argues that unstructured time is essential to our cultural vitality. Down with calendar invites; long live the bocce league.

Hanging out: It’s a loose social dynamic in which people spend unstructured time together with no set agenda. (Did you need a reminder? Has it been a minute?)

The shortage of idle hangs in our culture is what inspired Sheila Liming, an Edith Wharton scholar, writing professor, professional bagpipe player and devoted socializer, to write “Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time.” The book conceives of hanging out as a way to reclaim time as something other than a raw ingredient to be converted into productivity. Just as she does in her book, in a recent video interview from Vermont, Professor Liming made a philosophical argument for the chillest of human interactions.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

(read the rest at the link above)

New Publications on Wharton by CWEWh Volume Editors: The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton, ed. Emily J. Orlando

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton, ed. Emily J. Orlando, includes essays by several CWEWh editors:

Picturing Edith Wharton’s Modern Woman: Gender and the Social
Construction of Age
Melanie V. Dawson

“Social Order and Individual Appetites”: Edith Wharton’s Short Stories, 1891-1904
Paul J. Ohler

Edith Wharton and Film
Donna M. Campbell

“The Chill Joy of Renunciation”: Feminine Sacrifice in Edith Wharton
and Christina Rossetti
Margaret Jay Jessee

Edith Wharton and Willa Cather: Beyond “Surface Differences”
Julie Olin-Ammentorp

Edith Wharton and the Narratives of Travel and Tourism
Gary Totten

Edith Wharton and Pleasure
Virginia Ricard

Reading the Reader: Edith Wharton’s Library, Digital Methods,
and the Uses of Data
Sheila Liming

The Complete Works of Edith Wharton: Preparing the First
Authoritative Edition
Carol J. Singley, Donna M. Campbell and Frederick Wegener