The Thomas Wolfe Society
34th Annual Meeting
Asheville, NC
May 18-19, 2012


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FRIDAY, May 18, 2012
10:00-12:00    Registration

12:00-12:30    Welcome and Prologue (Welcome–Paula Eckard, President, TWS, UNC: Charlotte; Prologue-Mary Aswell Doll, Savannah College of Art and Design)

12:30-1:15    Special Presentation: “Way back in the hills . . . “ (Moderator: Joseph M. Flora, UNC: Chapel Hill. The 18th- and 19th-century family stories of the Westall-Penland clan [passed down the generations on the Appalachian frontier–and from Julia to Tom; gathered from more than 100 years of Westall letters, documents, and memories])

1:15-2:45    Session I
Moderator: Anne Zahlan, Eastern Illinois University

“Hit was Indian country in those days: ‘Chickamauga’ as Appalachian Literature”
Terry Roberts, National Paideia Center, UNC: Chapel Hill

“Eliza Gant: A Woman of Property”
Bes Stark Spangler, Peace College

“‘The Men of Old Catawba’: Wolfe’s Homily on the Earth”
Robert Ensign, Forest Grove, Oregon

2:45-3:00    Break

3:00-4:30    Session II
Moderator: Robert G. Anthony, UNC: Chapel Hill

“Reconciliation of Opposites: Excess and Deprivation in Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel
Joanne Rohan, UNC: Charlotte

 “Who was That Masked Man?: Foster A. Sondley’s Buried Life”
Joanne Marshall Mauldin, Weaverville, NC

“The Sexual Landscape of Wolfe’s Appalachia”
Ruth Winchester Ware, Durham, NC

4:30-5:15    Featured Creative Reading
Moderator: J. Todd Bailey, Burnsville, NC

Reading from A Short Time to Stay Here
Terry Roberts, National Paideia Center, UNC: Chapel Hill

5:15-8:00    Dinner on your own

8:00-9:00    Readers Theater Production

The Mountains, A Play in One Act by Thomas Wolfe
David Radavich presiding, Eastern Illinois University
Mark Canada
Rebecca Godwin
David Radavich
David Strange
Joe Flora
Jan Hensley
Dana Reaume
Anne Zahlan

SATURDAY, May 19, 2012

8:30-10:00    Session III
Moderator: Jerry Leath Mills, UNC: Chapel Hill

“Joanathan Daniels and the ‘Poet of the Boom'”
Edwin Yoder, Alexandria, VA

“Thomas Wolfe, ‘Return,’ and the Asheville Citizen
Mark Canada, UNC: Pembroke

“The Case for You Can’t Go Home Again
David Madden, Black Mountain, NC

10:00-10:30    Business Meeting
President Paula Eckard presiding

10:30-10:45    Break

10:45-12:15    Session IV
Moderator: Janice McCullagh, Baylor University

“The Disparate Aesthetics of Harris and Gorsline and the Unity of Wolfe’s Vision”
Dylan Nealis, State University of NY, Oneonta

“Thomas Wolfe and Hart Crane: Romantic Affinities”
Joe Albernaz, UNC: Chapel Hill

“More than a Means to an End: The Train as the Locus of Human Interaction in the Fiction of Thomas Wolfe”
Joseph Bentz, Azusa Pacific University

12:15-12:30    Final Words, President Paula Eckard
Epilogue, Jan Hensley, Greensboro, NC

12:30-2:00    Lunch on your own

2:00-4:00    Tours of Wolfe Memorial and “Wolfe’s Asheville”

4:00-5:00    Featured Creative Reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore
Reading from A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Bethany College

6:30-7:30    Cash bar

7:30    Banquet
President Paula Eckard presiding

Keynote Speaker: Mark de Castrique, Charlotte, NC

The Board of Directors will meet at 8:30 on Sunday morning, May 20, 2012.