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Dennis B. Ledden

Dennis B. Ledden

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

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Curriculum Vitae

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  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, acquired experience teaching English at two universities, and was awarded an English Department research fellowship at 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 legendary 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. I have two critical essays forthcoming this year: a study of the influence of Pauline Pfeiffer’s Safari Journal on Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” will appear in the fall issue of The Hemingway Review, and my study of the 2009 film adaptation of Hemingway’s posthumous novel, The Garden of Eden, has been published in the online version of Britain’s prestigious Quarterly Review of Film and Video and will appear in the journal's print version soon. 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 army veteran who served overseas with the Second Infantry Division, I am working on a book-length manuscript which features a study of post-war veterans and their lovers in the short fiction and novels 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 Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the American Literature Association. Later this year, I will make presentations at two conferences: during the American Literature Association’s conference this coming May in San Francisco, I will participate in an open round table venue to discuss my book-length manuscript on Hemingway’s early fiction and will read my essay on Faulkner's "Honor" short story. For the Hemingway Society’s international conference this coming July in Paris, I will present my paper on Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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