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Curriculum Vitae

 Meredith Goldsmith
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Philadelphia, PA 19127
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Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.
B.A., Columbia College of Columbia University.


Fall 2015-Spring 2016, Mellon Faculty Fellow, Humanities Writ Large, Duke University.
Spring 2013-Summer 2014, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Ursinus College.
Spring 2010-Summer 2014, Founding Director, Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Initiative, Ursinus College.
Spring 2010-Present, Associate Professor of English, Ursinus College.
Fall 2005-Fall 2009, Assistant Professor of English, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.
Fall 2002-Spring 2005, Assistant Professor, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
Fall 2001-Spring 2002, Fulbright Scholar in American Literature, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
Fall 1999-Spring 2001,Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA.
Fall 1998-Spring 1999, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.



Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. Intro. and co-ed. Emily Orlando. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Forthcoming 2016.

Middlebrow Moderns: Popular Women Writers of the 1920s. Intro. and co-ed. Lisa Botshon. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2004.


“Of Publicity, Prizes, and Prestige: The Middle-Zone of the Marketplace in Edith Wharton’s Hudson River Bracketed.” Forthcoming in American Literary Realism, 2015.

“Jessie Fauset’s Not-So-New Negro Women: The Harlem Renaissance and the Long Nineteenth Century.” Forthcoming in Legacy: A Journal of American Women’s Writing 32.2 (2015). (pre-print: Goldsmith-Legacy 32.2.)

“Strangers in the Village: Greenwich Village and the Search for Alternative Space in Ethnic Women’s Fiction of the 1920s and 1930s.” Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side: Narratives Out of Time. Ed. Catherine Rottenberg. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013. 45-64.

“Cigarettes, Tea, Cards, and Chloral: Addictive Habits and Consumer Culture in The House of Mirth,American Literary Realism 43.3 (2011): 242-258. (pdf: goldsmith-cigarettes, tea, cards, and chloral-alr 2011.)

“’Other People’s Clothes’: Homosociality, Consumer Culture, and Affective Reading in Edith Wharton’s Summer.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 27.1 (2010): 109-127. (goldsmith-other people’s clothes-egacy-2010.)

“A Jewish Female Intellectual’s Coming of Age: Anzia Yezierska’s Red Ribbon on a White Horse.” Jewish Public Intellectuals: Exploring Liberal Humanism, Jewish Identity, and the American Protest Tradition. eds. Ethan Goffman and Daniel Morris. Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2009. 176-193.

“The Wages of Weight: Dorothy West’s Corporeal Politics.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature 40.4 (2007): 31-49.

“The Year of the Rose: Jewish Masculinity in The House of Mirth.” Modern Fiction Studies 51.2 (2005): 374-392.

“Of Masks, Mimicry, Misogyny, and Miscegenation: The Making of Black South African Masculinity in Bloke Modisane’s Blame Me On History.” Changing African Masculinities: Men in Africa from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present. Eds. Lahoucine Ouzgane and Robert Morrell. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005. 109-125.

“White Skin, White Mask: Passing, Posing, and Performing in The Great Gatsby.” Modern Fiction Studies 49.3 (2003): 442-468.

“Shopping to Pass, Passing to Shop: Bodily Self-Fashioning in the Fiction of Nella Larsen.” Recovering the Body: Self-Representations by African American Women. Eds. Michael Bennett and Vanessa Dickerson. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001. 97-120.


Volume Editor, Vols. 25 and 26 of The Complete Works of Edith Wharton (NY and Oxford: OUP).

Editor, Edith Wharton Review, 2012-present.  For back issues up to 2013, see: http://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com. As of 2016, the EWR will be published by Penn State University Press.

Editorial Board Member, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 2012-2015.

Manuscript Consultant, Legacy, MELUS, modern fiction studies, and others.


“Around 1913: Progressivism, Politics, and Play.” Essay-review on Clare Eby, Until Choice Do Us Part: Marriage Reform in the Progressive Era (U of Chicago P, 2014) and Mary Chapman, Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism (OUP, 2014), forthcoming in American Literary History.

Rev. of Katherine Joslin, Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion. Edith Wharton Review 26.1 (2010): 25.

Rev. of Betsy Klimasmith, At Home in the City: Urban Domesticity in American Literature and Culture, 1850-1930. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. 24.1 (2007): 144-145.

Rev. of Studies in Hysteria. Vol. 1 of Penguin translation, The Standard Edition of the Psychoanalytical Works of Sigmund Freud. Ed. Adam Phillips. Modern Language Studies 36.1 (2006): 84-88.

“Wharton Engagée: Bold New Premises/An Interview with Dale Bauer.” Rev. of Dale Bauer’s Edith Wharton’s Brave New Politics. Edith Wharton Review 12.2 (1995): 4-9.

Headnote on Edith Wharton. Thomson Gale Anthology of American Literature, 1865-1914 and 1914-present. Eds. Martha Cutter and Alfred Bendixen. NY: Thomson Gale and Co., 2007.


Book Manuscript

            Edith Wharton’s Queer Modernities. Manuscript in progress.

Edited Book

Reconceptualizing the Century’s Turn: Critical Essays in American Literary History (co-edited with Melanie Dawson; advance contract with University of Florida Press)