CFP: [General] Sentencing Ernest Hemingway (2009 ALA 5/21-24; 12/15/08)

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Suzanne del Gizzo
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American Literature Association Conference
May 21-24, 2009
Boston, MA

Sentencing Ernest Hemingway/One True Sentence
In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway recalls assuring himself: "All you
have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you
know." With Hemingway's self-exhortation in mind, the Hemingway Society
is convening a panel of several speakers at ALA in Boston to deliver 8-10-
minute-papers, each devoted to a single Hemingway sentence. The sentence
chosen from Hemingway's work should best capture the essence of who
Hemingway was. It might be the truest, or the most moving, fertile,
important, teachable, problematic, or purely Hemingwayesque sentence.
Your choice might have particular biographical, historical, personal, or
stylistic resonance.
Ultimately, if you had to use one sentence to open a discussion or a
lesson about Hemingway, which would it be? Any sentence – from
Hemingway's novels, stories, poems, nonfiction, letters, journalism, or
even interviews - is welcome. We are hoping that the contributions will
lead to a broader round table discussion among participants and attendees
Please send your sentence and a 250-word proposal (including rank and
affiliation) and av requests to Mark Cirino at AND
Suzanne del Gizzo at by December 15, 2008.

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