Hemingway & Dos Passos: Modern Crossroads, 2013 ALA, Boston, May 23-26

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The Ernest Hemingway Society
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Co-sponsored by the Ernest Hemingway Society and the John Dos Passos Society

Whatever its other faults and virtues, HBO's Hemingway and Gellhorn (2012) reminds us of the friendships that tied many moderns together in their work. John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway's friend and a fellow writer, is featured in this contemporary biopic and the picture reminds us of the experiences the two shared. Hemingway's relationship with Dos Passos is particularly evocative of the 1920s and 30s, when the moderns banded together to interrogate aesthetic experiment in a time of political upheaval.

This collaborative panel invites diverse approaches to Hemingway and Dos Passos, seeking to advance our conversation beyond their relationship's fraternal and rivalrous qualities in order that we might see its relation to broader projects of modernism. We welcome submissions related to form and genre, modernism and modernity, war, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, print culture, archival study, politics, and related topics. Pedagogical approaches that address these two writers and their work are also welcome.

What does discussing these two figures' friendship show about their independent oeuvres or about modernist literature generally? Why has the canon favored Hemingway over Dos Passos? How have scholarly conversations about the authors, their relationship, and their milieu changed over the century—and how have they changed the scholarly conversation?

300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Sara Kosiba (skosiba@troy.edu) and Wesley Beal (wesley.beal@lyon.edu) by December 15, 2012.