Taking advantage of the Chicago location for the upcoming Modern Language Association Convention, we invite papers that explore Hemingway’s relationship with the Chicago Renaissance. While Hemingway’s direct interaction with prominent Chicago literary figures would not occur until later in the Renaissance, his proximity to Chicago while growing up and the knowledge of the city and its culture he gained during his early adult life make many of the figures and books associated with the Renaissance period, both early and late, viable options for contrast with Hemingway’s development as a writer and his own literary production. While Sherwood Anderson is one obvious figure to invoke in this discussion (and we encourage papers that provide new insights or arguments about that relationship), we also encourage papers that examine the life or work of writers such as Theodore Dreiser, Edgar Lee Masters, Floyd Dell, Ben Hecht, Carl Sandburg, Harriet Monroe, Margaret Anderson, or others in connection with Hemingway. In revisiting this era, what new insights or contrasts can we see between the life or career of Hemingway and these other writers? Are there new ways of examining or addressing the role this era played on Hemingway’s career?
Please send 250-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Sara Kosiba (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 1, 2013.
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