Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires, The Mount. Needlework by Madeline Blodgett.


Articles and Book Chapters 


Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women’s Writing. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016.

“Women’s Rights, Women’s Lives.” Oxford Handbook to Jack London. Ed. James Williams. Forthcoming in 2016 from Oxford University Press.

“The Victim as Vampire: Gothic Naturalism in the White Slave Narrative.” Haunting Realities: Naturalism and the Gothic. Eds. Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden. Forthcoming in 2016 from University of Alabama Press.


“Experimental Fiction: ‘Samuel.’” Approaches to Teaching the Work of Jack London. Kenneth K. Brandt and Jeanne Campbell Reesman, eds. New York: MLA, 2015. Invited. Print.


“Bitter Tastes: Recognizing Women’s Naturalism.” Excavatio 24 (2014). (Journal version of keynote address).


“The Ghost Story as Structure in Edith Wharton’s ‘The Other Two.'” The Explicator 71.1 (2013): 69-72. Print and Web.


“’Have you read my ‘Christ’ story?’:  Mary Austin’s The Man Jesus and London’s The Star Rover.” The Call 23.1-2 (2012): 9-13.  Print.

“Fictionalizing Jack London: Charmian London and Rose Wilder Lane as Biographers.” Studies in American Naturalism 7.2 (2012): 176-192.  Print.

“Edith Wharton and Naturalism.” Edith Wharton in Context. Ed. Laura Rattray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 353-363. Invited. Print.

“The Next 150 Years: Wharton Goes Digital.” The Edith Wharton Review 28.2 (Fall 2012): 1-9. Print.

“Edith Wharton Meets Aquaman: The Glimpses of the Moon and Imperiled Male Culture in Entourage.” The Journal of Popular Culture, 45.6 (December 2012): 1152-1168. Print.

“Relative Truths: The Damnation of Theron Ware, Father Forbes, and the ‘Church of America.'” American Literary Realism 44 (Winter 2012): 95-112. Print.


“The Rise of Naturalism.” The Cambridge History of the American Novel. Ed. Leonard Cassuto and Clare Eby. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 499-514.  Invited. Print.

“Jack London: Critical Perspectives.” Jack London: Critical Insights. Ed. Lawrence Berkove. Salem Press, 2011. 96-115.  Invited. Print.

“Women Writers and Naturalism.” The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism, ed. Keith Newlin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 223-241. Invited. Print.

“American Literary Naturalism: Critical Perspectives.” Literature Compass 8/8 (2011): 499–513. Print. Web: 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2011.00819.x. Singled out as “excellent” and noteworthy in two separate sections of American Literary Scholarship 2011 (264, 281).

“W. D. Howells’s Unpublished Letters to J. Harvey Greene.” Resources for American Literary Study 14 (2009) [2011]: 73-94. Print.


“Edith Wharton’s ‘Book of the Grotesque’: Sherwood Anderson, Modernism, and the Late Stories.” Edith Wharton Review 26.2 (Fall 2010): 1-5. Print.

“Edith Wharton: Short Stories.” A Companion to the American Short Story. Ed. Alfred Bendixen and James Nagel. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 118-132. Invited. Print.


“Naturalism: Turn-of-the-Century Modernism.” A Companion to the Modern American Novel, 1900-1950, ed. John T. Matthews. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 160-180. Invited.  Print.

“Fiction: 1900 to the 1930s.” American Literary Scholarship 2007. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. 301-333. Print. * One of the top 5 AmLS articles accessed from May 2011-April 2013. Accessed 5 June 2013.


“A Literary Expatriate: Hamlin Garland, Edith Wharton, and the Politics of a Literary Reputation.” Edith Wharton Review 24.2 (Fall 2008): 1-6. Print.

“A Forgotten Daughter of Bohemia: Gertrude Christian Fosdick’s Out of Bohemia.” Legacy 25.2 (2008): 275-285. Print.

At Fault: Kate Chopin’s Other Novel.” Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin. Ed. Janet Beer. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 2008. 27-43. Invited. Print.

“Walden in the Suburbs: Thoreau, Rock Hudson, and Natural Style in Douglas Sirk’s All that Heaven Allows.” Modern and Postmodern Cutting Edge Films. Ed. Anthony Hughes. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 29-49. Invited. Print.

“Fiction: 1900 to the 1930s.” American Literary Scholarship 2006. Ed. David Nordloh. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008. 273-309. Print.


“More than a Family Resemblance? Agnes Crane’s “A Victorious Defeat” and Stephen Crane’s The Third Violet.” Stephen Crane Studies 16.1 (Spring 2007): 14-23. Print.

“Fiction: 1900-1930.” American Literary Scholarship 2005. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.  289-322. Print.


“Reflections on Stephen Crane.” Special Issue: Great Moments in Crane’s Work. Stephen Crane Studies 15.2 (Spring 2006): 13-16. Invited. Print.

“’Where are the ladies?’ Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, and American Women Naturalists.” Studies in American Naturalism 1.1 & 2 (2006): 152-169. Print.

“Howells’s Untrustworthy Realist: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.” American Literary Realism 38.2 (Winter 2006): 115-131. Special issue on W. D. Howells. Invited. Print.

“Regionalism and Local Color Fiction.” American History through Literature, 1870-1920. Ed.  Gary Scharnhorst and Thomas Quirk. New York: Twayne/Gale, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006. 971-976. Invited. Print.

“Fiction: 1900-1930.” American Literary Scholarship 2004. Ed. David Nordloh. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006. 295-333. Print.


“Fiction: 1900-1930.” American Literary Scholarship 2003. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. 309-347. Print.


“Taking Tips and Losing Class: Challenging the Service Economy in James M. Cain’s Mildred Pierce.” The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction. Ed. Janet Galligani Casey. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004. 1-15. Print.

““Fiction: 1900-1930.” American Literary Scholarship 2002. Ed. David Nordloh. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. 269-307. Print.


“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. Ed. Mary Papke. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2003. 237-259. Print.

“‘Written with a hard and ruthless purpose’: Rose Wilder Lane, Edna Ferber, and Middlebrow Regional Fiction.” Middlebrow Modern: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s. Ed. Meredith Goldsmith and Lisa Botshon. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2003. 25-44. Print.

Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 177. Ed. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Thomson-Gale, 2007. 277-281. Print.

“Realism and Regionalism.” A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America. Ed. Charles Crow. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003. 92-110. Invited. Print.

“Fiction: 1900-1930.” American Literary Scholarship 2001. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. 305-342. Print.


“‘The (American) Muse’s Tragedy’: Edith Wharton, Henry James, and The Little Lady of the Big House.” Jack London: One Hundred Years a Writer. Ed. Jeanne Campbell Reesman and Sara S. Hodson. San Marino: Huntington Library Press, 2002. 189-212.  Print.

“Fiction: 1900-1930.” American Literary Scholarship 2000. Ed. David Nordloh. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002. 273-306. Print.


“Jack London’s Allegorical Landscapes.” Literature and Belief 21.1-2 (2001): 59-75. Print.


“Wild Men” and Dissenting Voices: Narrative Disruption in Little House on the Prairie.” Great Plains Quarterly 20.2 (Spring 2000): 111-122. Print.


“‘In Search of Local Color’: Context, Controversy, and The Country of the Pointed Firs.” Jewett and Her Contemporaries: Reshaping the Canon. Ed.  Karen Kilcup and Thomas S. Edwards. Tallahassee: University of Florida Press, 1999. 63-76. Print.


“‘One Spot of Color’: Frank Norris’s Apprenticeship Writings.” Frank Norris Studies 25 (Spring 1998): 3-5. Print.

“Resisting Regionalism: Gender and Naturalism in American Fiction, 1885-1915.” Excavatio: Emile Zola and Naturalism 11 (1998): 225-233. Invited. Print.

“Domesticating Trilby: Frank Norris and the Naturalistic Art Novel.” Excavatio: Emile Zola and Naturalism 11 (1998): 129-136. Print.


Resisting Regionalism: Gender and Naturalism in American Fiction, 1885-1915 (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1997). NEMLA Book Prize.

“Rewriting the ‘rose and lavender pages’: Edith Wharton and Women’s Local Color Fiction.”  Speaking the Other Self: New Essays on American Women Writers, edited by Jeanne Campbell Reesman.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997. 263-277. Print.


“Edith Wharton and the ‘Authoresses’: The Critique of Local Color in Wharton’s Early Fiction.”  Studies in American Fiction 22 (Fall 1994): 169-183. Print.

Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, 2006. Print.

            Reprinted in “Edith Wharton: Critical Extracts.” American Women Fiction Writers: 1900-1960. Vol. 3. Women Writers of English and Their Works. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1998. 219-222. Print.


“Frank Norris’s ‘Drama of a Broken Teacup’: The Old Grannis-Miss Baker Plot in McTeague.”  American Literary Realism 26.1 (Fall 1993): 40-49. Print.

Reprinted in McTeague. Ed. Donald Pizer. Norton Critical Edition (2nd Edition). New York: Norton, 1997. 395-404.

“Sentimental Conventions and Self-Protection:  Little Women and The Wide, Wide World.”  Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 11.2 (Fall 1994): 118-129. Print.


“An Interview with Seamus Heaney.”  With Thomas O’Donnell. Cottonwood Review 33 (Spring 1983): 13-25. Print.

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