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Wednesday, 30 December

698. Hemingway and African American Writers: New Readings and Teachings

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 408, Philadelphia Marriott

Program arranged by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society

Presiding: Joseph Fruscione, Georgetown Univ.

1. “The Unlikely Couple: Ernest Hemingway and Alice Walker (with a Few Words on Toni Morrison),” Jacqueline Vaught Brogan, Univ. of Notre Dame

2. “Ellison, Hemingway, Wright: Tracing Relations inside the Transparent Jug,” Gary Holcomb, Ohio Univ., Athens

3. “Ernest Hemingway and James Baldwin: American Masculinity in Crisis,” Jessica Kent, Boston Univ.

Author Comment
Subject: Great panel
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole panel - very useful in helping me think through my position on Hemingway.

I'm not sure if this comment section is supposed to be for questions, but I do have two:

1. Gary Holcomb referred to Ellison as a jazz musician who became a writer. I had always understood Ellison to be a classical musican - he can't possibly have been studying jazz at Tuskegee, can he?

2. This is not necessarily that germane of a question, but I was wondering if Jessica Kent, or anybody else, knows the extent of Baldwin's engagement w/ existentialism?

Thanks again for a really stimulating panel.

Bruce Barnhart

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