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Dr. Emily J. Orlando

Associate Professor of English
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Emily Orlando earned her B.A. in English and French at Saint Anselm College and her Ph.D. in English at the University of Maryland (2002).  As Assistant Professor of American Literature at Tennessee State University from 2002 to 2007, she taught with the honors program and graduate program in English.  She is the author of Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts (Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2008), as well as articles that have appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals and books: American Literary Realism (1870-1910); New Voices on the Harlem Renaissance: Essays on Race, Gender, and Literary Discourse; Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture; Women's Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal; Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment; and Edith Wharton in Context. In Spring 2015 her article “Irreverent Intimacy: Nella Larsen’s Revisions of Edith Wharton” will appear in Twentieth-Century Literature. Orlando’s essay titled “Edith Wharton and the New Narcissism” is forthcoming from Women’s Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal.  Her teaching and research interests include 19th- and early 20th-century literature, Victorian culture and especially the Pre-Raphaelites, women's studies, and the intersections between literary and visual culture.  Since joining the Department in Fall 2007, she has taught courses in American literature, Victorian literature, transatlantic decadence, women's/gender studies, and the first-year writing sequence.  She served as co-director of "Edith Wharton in Florence," the international conference of the Edith Wharton Society (Florence, Italy 6-8 June 2012).  Orlando currently serves as President of the Edith Wharton Society (EWS) and Book Review Editor for The Edith Wharton Review.  With Immediate Past President of the EWS Meredith Goldsmith, Orlando is co-editing a book drawn from the Florence conference titled Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism (currently under review).  From Fall 2013 through Fall 2014 she served as Co-Director for the Program in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. As part of the January 2014 celebration of Edith Wharton’s birthday, she gave a talk at The Mount (Wharton’s Lenox, Massachusetts home) titled “Fifty Shades of Lily: Wharton, Art, and Popular Culture.” 

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