Hemingway and Women Writers--American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, May 26-29, 2011 (Deadline: Dec. 15, 2010)
Hemingway's career has been widely documented regarding his relationship with prominent male writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, and others. Where Hemingway's career has been neglected is in examining his craft in contrast with women writers of his time. While much has been made of the interaction between Hemingway and his friend and mentor Gertrude Stein, there are many other women authors and journalists Hemingway knew and interacted with. In many cases, critics view those interactions with a cursory glance, particularly as many of those women never shared Hemingway's fame and literary prominence. However, in many of those interactions and in the work that was being created (often in common environments such as Paris, Spain, or Key West), a shared or differing perspective in craft, style, and writing philosophy is often shown.
This panel seeks paper proposals contrasting Hemingway and women writers of his time, particularly those he knew and interacted with. While the panel would welcome fresh perspectives on the women writers commonly discussed in connection with Hemingway (such as Stein), the focus of this panel is predominantly on the uncommon or more rarely discussed women in his social and authorial circles and the contrast of their craft and authorship in connection with work by Hemingway. Possible authors may include Dorothy Parker, Kay Boyle, Janet Flanner, Josephine Herbst, Dawn Powell, Zelda Fitzgerald, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Dorothy Richardson, Djuna Barnes, Martha Gellhorn, Mary Welsh Hemingway, and any others Hemingway knew, read, or corresponded with.
Please direct your 250 word paper proposal and a brief C.V. to the panel chair, Dr. Sara Kosiba, at email@example.com by December 15th, 2010. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Information about the American Literature Association Conference can be found at: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/