CFP: [American] 10th International Fitzgerald Society Conference: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Baltimore (9/30/09-10/3/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Heidi M. Kunz

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society announces its 10th International
Conference, to take place September 30-October 3, 2009, in Baltimore, MD,
and accordingly calls for papers.

The Society customarily meets in locations biographically and
artistically significant to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. As Fitzgerald
wrote of Baltimore, “It is so rich with memoriesâ€"it is nice to look up
the street and see the statue of my great uncle and to know … that many
ancestors of mine have walked in the old town by the bay.” Fitzgerald’s
memories reflect both his family’s Maryland heritage and the time he
spent in Baltimore on and off from 1932 to 1937. During this period he
completed Tender Is the Night while living in a rented home called “La
Paix” in nearby Towson; Tender was preceded by Zelda's novel Save Me the
Waltz and her play “Scandalabra,” produced by the local Vagabond Junior
Players. In addition to academic panels, the conference will include an
extensive tour of Baltimore environs by local scholar Joan Hellman.
Additionally, the Fitzgerald graves in nearby Rockville are only a short,
45-minute drive away by car. Conference organizers are planning a
reception at the Hotel Belvedere, where Scottie Fitzgerald’s Sweet
Sixteen Party was held and where Scott socialized with H. L. Mencken in
the Owl Bar. A reception is also planned at Johns Hopkins University,
where local scholars will make connections between the Fitzgeralds, the
Menckens, and the city. The conference hotel will be the Radisson Plaza
Lord Baltimore, the premiere hotel still in existence from the era in
which Fitzgerald lived in the city. In addition to the many Fitzgerald-
related sites still intact, Baltimore has many connections to American
history, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 (when
Fitzgerald's ancestor Francis Scott Key penned “The Star-Spangled
Banner”), the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, and rich maritime,
railroad, and sports histories. Along with its scenic location near the
Chesapeake Bay, the city offers scholars and visitors a diverse array of
research, touring, and leisure opportunities.

Papers and presentations illuminating Fitzgerald connections with
Maryland and with other writers associated with the mid-Atlantic regionâ€"
Mencken, Haardt, Poe, Lanier, Hammettâ€"are especially welcome, as are
those exploring notions of legacy.

One-page paper précis or panel proposals should be sent as email
attachments to Program Chair Heidi Kunz at If
you cannot post your submission electronically, send hard copies to
Professor Kunz / Department of English / Randolph College / 2500
Rivermont Ave. / Lynchburg, VA 24503 / USA.

Submissions must arrive by December 31, 2008.

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