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Lecture by Debra Moddelmog for the Modernist Studies Workshop

When Mar 30, 2016
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Grucci Room, 102 Burrowes Building
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On behalf of the Modernist Studies Workshop, the Hemingway Letters Project at Penn State, and the Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor, I would like to invite you to attend a public lecture by Debra Moddelmog, Department Chair and Professor of English and Coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio State University, as well as author of Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway and co-editor of the Hemingway in Context series. Her visit may be of interest to those in a wide variety of fields, but especially for those who focus on American studies, twentieth-century and contemporary literary studies, biography and life-writing, and gender and sexuality studies.


Professor Moddelmog's public talk, "Hemingway's Secret Pleasures: Modernism and the Queer Undoing of Sexology," will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the Grucci Room (102 Burrowes). Her presentation will explore Ernest Hemingway’s lifelong engagement with twentieth-century sexology, which advanced influential concepts about the sexual self, sexual perversions, and sexual difference, and will argue that Hemingway's methods of "talking back" to sexology shed light on how sexology created the conditions for its own undoing. This analysis will serve as a springboard for a series of concluding speculations about why Hemingway has not been a more prominent figure within the new modernist studies and what his recovery in that field might offer both students and scholars. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community members are encouraged to attend.


Earlier in the day (between 12:30 and 2 p.m. in 132 Burrowes), Professor Moddelmog will be holding a seminar with graduate students to discuss some of Hemingway's short stories and the state of the field of Hemingway studies. Please contact Krista Quesenberry ( for the pre-circulated readings. Coffee will be served.


We hope that many of you will join us for Professor Moddelmog's visit!


Thank you,


Krista Quesenberry, on behalf of the sponsoring organizations

Please join the Modernist Studies Workshop for a public lecture by Debra Moddelmog that will address modernist American writers and their turn-of-the-century fascination with the study of sexology. In addition, Dr. Moddelmog will hold a seminar with graduate students earlier in the day. More details will be announced as they become available.


Dr. Moddelmog is Chair of the Department of English and founder and coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio State University, where she began teaching after earning her doctorate here at Penn State. She is the author of Readers and Mythic Signs: The Oedipus Myth in Twentieth-Century Fiction and Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway, as well as co-editor of Ernest Hemingway in Context and author of numerous noteworthy articles and chapters on Hemingway, gender, sexuality, and pedagogy.


For information about her visit and access to the pre-circulated readings for the graduate seminar, please contact Krista Quesenberry at