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Dr. Emily J. Orlando

Associate Professor of English
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  • Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts The University of Alabama Press: Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism (2007)  Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2008).  Favorably reviewed by major scholars in Choice (ranked "Essential," May 2008), South Atlantic Review (Hildegard Hoeller, Summer 2008), Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature (Carol J. Singley, Fall 2008), American Literature (Brief Mention December 2008), Twentieth-Century Literature (Jill Karn, Spring 2009), The Edith Wharton Review (Gary Totten, Spring 2009), Legacy (Maura D'Amore, 2009), The Journal of American Studies (Donna Campbell, May 2010), and Modern Fiction Studies (Katherine Joslin, Summer 2010).


  • "Visual Art," Edith Wharton in Context, Ed. Laura Rattray (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012). 
  • "Crude Ascending the Staircase: Undine Spragg and the Armory Show," Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment, Ed. Laura Rattray (London: Pickering and Chatto). 2010.
  • "'That I May Not Faint, or Die, or Swoon': Reviving Pre-Raphaelite Women." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 2009.
  • "Picturing Lily: Body Art in The House of Mirth," Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture, Ed. Gary Totten (U of Alabama Press, 2007).
  • "'Feminine Calibans' and 'Dark Madonnas of the Grave': The Imaging of Black Women in the New Negro Renaissance," New Voices on the Harlem Renaissance: Essays on Race, Gender, and Literary Discourse, Ed. Australia Tarver and Paula Barnes (Farleigh Dickinson U Press, 2006).
  • "Rereading Wharton's 'Poor Archer': A Mr. 'Might-have-been' in The Age of Innocence," American Literary Realism (1870-1910). Vol. 30, No. 2. Winter 1998: 56-76.

Book Reviews:

  • Katherine Joslin, Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion (University Press of New England, 2009).  Nineteenth-Century Literature.  Vol. 66, No. 2, September 2011: 272-275. 
  • Jill M. Kress, The Figure of Consciousness: William James, Henry James, and Edith Wharton (Routledge, 2002). Modern Fiction Studies (MFS). Vol. 50, No. 3. Fall 2004: 744-746.

Other Publications:

  • Contributor, The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia, Edited by Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips (Greenwood Press, 2001). ("An Old-Fashioned Girl," "Jo March," and "Transcendentalism.")
  • "Beauty Enshrined in Edith Wharton's Fiction," Field Notes: A Publication of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College, Fall 2008.