Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Thomas Wolfe Society Meeting (May 18-20, 2012; Asheville, North Carolina)

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Thomas Wolfe Society Meeting (May 18-20, 2012; Asheville, North Carolina)

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Thomas Wolfe Society Meeting (May 18-20, 2012; Asheville, North Carolina): The Society held its thirty-fourth annual meeting in the Windsor Ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Wolfe's hometown. On Friday afternoon, 18 May, the meeting opened with welcoming remarks by Society President Paula Eckard and the prologue read by Mary Aswell Doll. Joseph M. Flora then moderated a special presentation ("Way Back in the Hills ...") by Catherine O'Shea. Session 1, moderated by Anne Zahlan, featured Terry Roberts ("'Hit was all Indian country in those days': 'Chickamauga' as Appalachian Literature"), Bes Stark Spangler ("Eliza Gant: A Woman of Property"), and Robert Ensign ("'The Men of Old Catawba': Wolfe's Homily on the Earth").

Session 2 was moderated by Robert G. Anthony Jr., and the speakers were Joanne Joy Rohan ("Reconciliation of Opposites: Excess and Deprivation in Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel "), Joanne Marshall Mauldin ("Who Was That Masked Man?: Foster A. Sondley's Buried Life"), and Ruth Winchester Ware ("The Sexual Landscape of Wolfe's Appalachia"). J. Todd Bailey then moderated a "Featured Creative Reading," with Terry Roberts reading from his 2012 novel, A Short Time to Stay Here.

Friday evening, David Radavich presided over a one-hour "Readers' Theater Production" of Wolfe's The Mountains: A Play in One Act, performed in Salon A of the Grand Ballroom. On Saturday morning, three papers were presented in Session 3--moderated by Jerry Leath Mills: "Jonathan Daniels and the 'Poet of the Boom'" by Edwin Yoder; "Thomas Wolfe, 'Return,' and the Asheville Citizen" by Mark Canada; and "The Case for You Can't Go Home Again" by David Madden. After the business meeting, Janice McCullagh moderated the final session of papers: "The Harmony of the Apollonian and Dionysian Aesthetics in Thomas Wolfe and the Visual Responses of Douglas W. …

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