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Meredith Lynn Goldsmith

Meredith Goldsmith currently serves as associate dean of the college. In the English Department, she teaches 19th- 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 American Literary History and the Turn toward Modernity (UP of Florida). 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. 

Goldsmith served as the founding director of the Teaching & Learning Institute at Ursinus (2010-2013) and 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 has received support from the PCLA, the Mellon Scholarly Communications Division, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

See her work in the Ursinus College Digital Repository.




  • 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

Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. Co-edited with Emily Orlando. Gainesville: U of Florida P, 2016.

“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.