The idea of a “lost generation” still has a hold on the popular imagination over ninety years after it was popularized via the epigraph of The Sun Also Rises. For literary scholars and historians, though, that idea is critically worn-out if not simply useless. This panel seeks to understand anew this old idea. Questions to be addressed include but are not limited to:
How has the idea of the lost generation been critically and historically misunderstood and/or abused?