Fitzgerald, and Fitzgerald and Wharton, ALA 2018

deadline for submissions: 
January 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
contact email: 


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society


1)       Comparative Approaches to Fitzgerald and Wharton


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society are collaborating to organize a panel on the two writers at the American Literature Association’s 2018 convention in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018. We are looking for scholars to present work that pursues comparative approaches to these pivotal twentieth-century literary artists.


Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:


• positioning the two writers within diverse, competing, or overlapping modernisms (“high,” ethnic, nativist, sentimental, etc.)

• questions of gender and sexuality, including explorations of masculinity, femininity, and friendship

• family ecology:  representations and/or life experiences of childhood, marriage, parenthood

• questions of print culture

• issues of film adaptation

• issues of critical reception and popular reputation

• approaches to teaching Fitzgerald and Wharton in the graduate, undergraduate, or secondary school classroom


300-500-word proposals for 20-minute papers, along with a brief vita, should be submitted electronically to Maggie Gordon Froehlich, Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton (, by Friday, January 5, 2018. Please indicate any AV equipment needs.


2)      F. Scott Fitzgerald (open topic)


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society ( ) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2018 American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society invites proposals for papers examining any aspect of Fitzgerald’s life and work that provides fresh insights. 


Send abstract and brief vita to Maggie Gordon Froehlich at by January 5, 2018.  Please indicate any AV equipment needs.


The American Literature Association’s 2th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on May 24-27, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2018. For further information, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Leslie Petty, at or the Executive Director of the ALA, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Princeton University, at  with specific questions.