CFP: The Fortieth Annual Conference of the Thomas Wolfe Society

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“Wolfe and the City”
The Fortieth Annual Conference of the Thomas Wolfe Society
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 1—June 3, 2018

“. . . forever out of magic to all the grime and sweat and violence of
the city, the unceasing city, the million-footed city, and into America.”

Thomas Wolfe’s life and art were marked not only by the provincial towns of his youth but also by great cities of the world: New York, Boston, London, Munich, Berlin, Paris. Wolfe and his protagonists dreamed of wondrous golden cities only to discover the harsh realities of their “stony-hearted pavements.” Gathering in Charlotte, city of the New South, we will consider the idea and the reality of cities in Thomas Wolfe’s experience as man and artist. Organizers of this fortieth annual meeting look forward to productive discussion of the city as subject, setting, or inspiration in Wolfe’s writing. Those who wish to present papers are invited to submit proposals on any aspect of Wolfe’s writing on cities: as physical spaces, as political structures, as psychological constructs, as crossroads of diverse peoples, as cauldrons of
commerce or creativity. Papers on other themes related to Wolfe and his work are also welcome. Please send 250-word (email attachment) proposals to Anne Zahlan at by 8 January 2018.

Conference registration and sessions will be located in the Holiday Inn, Charlotte-Center City, 230 North College Street, Charlotte. Guest room reservations at the conference rate must be made by 4/30/18. See or email for more information.