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Paul Ohler BA (Calgary), MA (UBC), PhD (UBC)
I teach first-year writing courses as well as upper-year courses on American literature and culture, literary theory and criticism, and modernism. My book Edith Wharton’s Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in Her Major Novels (Routledge) concentrates on her use of ideas she encountered in works by Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and T.H. Huxley. My current scholarly projects include editing Volume 2, Short Stories I: 1891-1903 of the Complete Works of Edith Wharton (Oxford UP), supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and an essay for Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture. My essay “Creative Process and Literary Form in Edith Wharton’s Archive” appears in The New Wharton Studies, forthcoming from Cambridge UP. I am president of the Edith Wharton Society and editor of the Edith Wharton Review (Penn State UP). I have presented papers at the ACCUTE conference, the American Literature Association conference, the Modern Language Association convention, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference, and the 2016 Edith Wharton in Washington International Conference.