Contributors are sought for a proposed collection of essays on Edith Wharton and Ernest Hemingway, tentatively titled _Architects of American Modernism: Wharton and Hemingway_. Louisiana State University Press has expressed interest in this project and asked to review a full proposal.
Edith Wharton and Ernest Hemingway have a great deal in common: They were both American modernist writers who lived as expatriates in Paris. They were both active in World War I well before the U.S. declared war. Both wrote in a range of genres, including novels, short fiction, drama, travel writing, and magazine journalism, and they shared a publisher, Scribner’s. Both wrote novels that became bestsellers, and both won the Pulitzer Prize. Hemingway owned six of Wharton’s books and mentioned her in a letter, while Wharton belittled his books in her private writing and in a letter once openly mocked the Americans who frequented the cafes of Montparnasse.
While scholars have already agreed to contribute essays on a host of topics (including World War I, expatriate modernism, Biblical allusion, architecture/interior decoration, the New Woman, masculinity, the short story, and international celebrity), topics on which I would particularly like to see proposals include the following:
- Wharton and Hemingway in Africa (In Morocco and Green Hills of Africa, Under Kilimanjaro, and the two African short stories)
- Teaching Wharton and Hemingway
- Wharton and Hemingway and Italy
- Wharton and Hemingway and France
- Wharton and Hemingway and medicine
- Wharton and Hemingway and Scribners (the publisher)
- Wharton and Hemingway and Scribner’s (the magazine)
- Wharton and Hemingway and the Pulitzer Prize
- Wharton and Hemingway and anti-Semitism
- Other proposed topics are also welcome!
The ideal length for essays would be about 20-25 pages.
Those interested should contact Lisa Tyler, professor of English at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, at Lisa.Tyler@sinclair.edu, (937) 512-2250, or English Department, Sinclair Community College, 444 West Third St., Dayton, OH 45402, with a 500-word proposal and a biographical paragraph.
Deadline for proposals is April 15, 2015.