Linda Patterson Miller, the 2011-12 Penn State laureate and professor of English at Penn State Abington will present “Hemingway and Medicine, Diagnosing Texts both Physically and Emotionally,” at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in room C2860 (BMR Anesthesia Library) at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. This event is hosted by the Department of Humanities and the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine.
Miller’s lecture will focus on American literature icon Ernest Hemingway, and how his lifelong correspondence reveals how his life -- both in America and Europe during the 20th century -- inspired and shaped his art. Drawing from Hemingway’s early letters, many previously unpublished, Miller will discuss how the son of a Midwestern doctor becomes, seemingly overnight, the “Father of modern American Prose.”
As Hemingway discovered Paris and Modernism during the 1920s, his childhood experiences with his physician father and the world of early 20th century medicine inspired his earliest and most celebrated stories. A look into these stories in conjunction with Hemingway’s letters home reveals both the physical and emotional dimensions of what it means to be human.
For additional information on this lecture at the Hershey Medical Center, call the Department of Humanities at 717-531-8778.