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Dennis B. Ledden

Dennis B. Ledden

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

215 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  1. B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  2. M.A., University of Pittsburgh
  3. Ph.D, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professional Bio

Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, I won numerous awards as a high school English teacher, gained experience teaching English at two universities, and was awarded an English Department research fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh. A Hemingway scholar, my interest in the iconic American author was originally triggered by a class I took at Penn State on the modern American novel taught by the late legendary Hemingway scholar Philip Young. I have had critical essays and reviews on 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and Latin American prose published in The Literary Encyclopedia, Cincinnati Romance Review, and The Hemingway Review. Additionally, my study of the film adaptation of Hemingway’s posthumous novel, The Garden of Eden, has been published recently in Britain’s Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and my study of the influence of Pauline Pfeiffer’s Safari Journal on Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” is forthcoming in the fall issue of The Hemingway Review. Currently, I am finishing my work on two critical books: Hemingway and the Wounds of Love: Romance and Masculinity in the Early Fiction and Hemingway and the Wounds of Love: Romance and Masculinity in the Later Fiction. A decorated veteran who served in Korea with the Second Infantry Division, I am working too on a book-length manuscript that features a study of post-war veterans and their lovers in the prose fiction of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. I have presented my research at numerous literary conferences, including those sponsored by The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, the Society for the Study of the American Short Story, The Hemingway Society, the College English Association, the Popular Culture Association, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the American Literature Association. During the ALA conference last month in San Francisco, I read my essay on Faulkner's "Honor" short story and as a member of the Hemingway open round table chaired by Peter Hays, I discussed my book-length manuscript on Hemingway’s early fiction. I am now looking forward to presenting, based on one chapter from my second book on Hemingway, my essay on For Whom the Bell Tolls during the International Hemingway Society’s conference next month at the American University of Paris.
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