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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 also be found on-line at Mapping Literary Visions.

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. 

See her work in the Ursinus College Digital Repository.


Professor of English and Associate Dean




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


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.