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Meredith Goldsmith

Meredith Goldsmith teaches 19tth- and 20th-century American literature, Methods in Literature, and the Common Intellectual Experience. She is a scholar of late nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American women’s writing, is the editor of the Edith Wharton Review, Middlebrow Moderns: Popular Women’s Writing of the 1920s (Northeastern UP), Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism (UP of Florida), and Reconceiving the Century’s Turn: Critical Essays on American Literary History (forthcoming). She has published numerous articles on early twentieth-century US literature in scholarly journals, including Legacy: A Journal of US Women’s WritingAmerican Literary Realism, American Literary History, Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature, and modern fiction studies. Her project on GIS for the humanities can be found on-line at Mapping Literary Visions. She currently serves as associate dean of the college.

Goldsmith also served as the founding director of the Teaching & Learning Initiative at Ursinus (2010-2013) and served as co-PI on the Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Grant. In 2015-2016, she held a Mellon-funded Humanities Writ Large Fellowship at Duke University and is also a former Fulbright Scholar. Her work is currently funded by the PCLA and the Mellon Scholarly Communications Division. 

See her work in the Ursinus College Digital Repository.

Title

Professor of English and Associate Dean

Department

English

Degrees

  • B.A., Columbia University
  • M. Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Teaching

Common Intellectual Experience
Methods in Literature
American Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries

Research Interests

Late 19th- and early 20th-century American literature
Women’s writing of the interwar period
Ethnic American literature
Histories of consumer culture
Theories of gender, sexuality, and affect

Recent Work

“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. 43-64.

“Cigarettes, Tea, Cards, and Chloral: Addictive Habits and Consumer Culture in The House of MirthAmerican Literary Realism 43.3 (2011): 242-258.

*”’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.