Academic journal article The Mississippi Quarterly

"Thomas Wolfe and History": The Forty-First Annual Conference of the Thomas Wolfe Society Gettysburg, Pennsylvania May 24-25, 2019

Academic journal article The Mississippi Quarterly

"Thomas Wolfe and History": The Forty-First Annual Conference of the Thomas Wolfe Society Gettysburg, Pennsylvania May 24-25, 2019

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Announcing Eugene Gant's arrival on earth in the first year of a century that would be the millennium's last, Thomas Wolfe heralded his protagonist as "borne in ... upon the very spear-head of history." Throughout accounts of the doings of Eugene Gant, George Webber, and others, Wolfe interweaves threads from ancestral and national stories and traces influences exerted on individual destines by the tides of great events. As the 2019 Memorial Day weekend begins, we will gather near the New World home of Wolfe's paternal ancestors and at the site of a decisive battle in this nation's history. Gettysburg is an ideal place to consider Wolfe's evoked intersections of public and private, of collective and individual, of past, present, and future.

We invite proposals on any aspect of Wolfe's writing on the past and its influence or on individuals' struggles to contend with events and forces that shape their times and lives. Wolfe's consciousness was formed by Western philosophical and religious thought as well as by the English language and the literature it spawned. …

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