The Health of the Economy: Fitzgerald, Health Care, and Financial Crisis

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Maggie Gordon Froehlich / F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
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The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society ( ) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2010 American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA, May 27-30.

The Health of the Economy: Fitzgerald, Health Care, and Financial Crisis: This October marked the 80th anniversary of the "Black Tuesday" stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression. As we find ourselves in a similar period of global economic crisis, this year's publication of F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Marketplace: The Auction and Dealer Catalogues and the American Scholar essay, "Living on $500,000 a Year: What F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tax Returns Reveal about his Life and Times," points to a heightened relevance of a writer so famously concerned with capital: wealth and poverty are recurrent issues in Fitzgerald's writing and money was a constant source of interest and anxiety in his life and letters. In The Great Gatsby, narrator Nick observes that "there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well" – a remark that is particularly resonant with contemporary discussions of health care reform.

This year, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society invites proposals for papers that examine and illuminate Fitzgerald's representation of the interrelatedness of health and wealth in his life and work; we are seeking work that provides fresh insights.

Send 250-word abstract for a twenty-minute presentation, along with a brief CV, to Maggie Gordon Froehlich at by January 15, 2010. Please title your subject line ALA Proposal with your last name and include in your message your preferred e-mail address along with any AV equipment needs.

The American Literature Association's 21st annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 27-30, 2010 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for all proposals is January 30, 2010. For further information, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Texas A & M University at with specific questions.