CFP: Hemingway, Faulkner, Gender (2/10/06; MLA '06)

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Hilary Justice
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Papa, Pappy, and Gender Trouble: Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and

MLA 2006, Philadelphia (December 27-30, 2006)

Deadline: February 10, 2006 (deadline extended for this session only)

This panel, sponsored by the Hemingway Society, invites papers that examine
the role of gender in the lives, personae, and works of Ernest Hemingway and
William Faulkner. We are especially interested in papers that examine
Hemingway and Faulkner with, or against, each other vis-à-vis gender, but
papers treating either Hemingway or Faulkner on his own are also welcome. In
the main, ideas of gender underwent drastic changes during the Modernist
era, and gender was an important component of Faulkner and Hemingway's
respective lives, literary experiments, and attitudes toward each other.
Both men adopted and performed similar public personae—wounded war veteran,
hunter, outdoorsman, paterfamilias ("Papa" Hemingway, "Pappy" Faulkner),
adulterer—and this type of public acting left its mark on their writing,
their competitive relationship, and their reception by readers and the

Possible topics may include the following: fictional definitions and
portrayals of men/masculinity and women/femininity; fictional relations and
tensions between men and women; gender relations and definitions in various
fictional contexts; Hemingway's and Faulkner's own masculine personae as
hunters, outdoorsmen, military men, husbands/adulterers, and preeminent
Modernists; the relationship between gender and celebrity; the influence of
Hollywood; their rivalry and mutual assessments of each other's literary
courage, efforts, and works.

The Hemingway Society welcomes papers from all critical and theoretical
perspectives, and actively encourages proposals from graduate students and
emerging scholars.

Please send a one-page proposal and a vita as MS Word attachments to:

Dr. Joseph Fruscione, The George Washington University Department of English

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