Dr Marc K. Dudley
Teaching and Research Interests
While Dr. Marc Dudley’s specialization is Twentieth Century American literature, with particular emphasis on Modern fiction and American culture (fiction and cultural studies of the 1910s-1950s), he splits his literary devotion to the “standard” canon with African American literature. And his interests include the writings of contemporary novelists as well, including those of Philip Roth, Caryl Philips, and Paule Marshall. Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Percival Everett, Cormac McCarthy, Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Flannery O’Connor, Ishmael Reed, and Zora Neale Hurston are also among his favorites. Dr. Dudley’s primary scholarly concerns are issues of race and identity as they relate to notions of Americana. His research interests also include narrative construction as it relates to ontology in African American fiction, the intersection (of narrative technique) in film and literature, and American history and popular culture of the 1920s and 1930s especially. In Hemingway, Race and Art: Bloodlines and the Color Line, Dr. Dudley investigates Ernest Hemingway’s rarely recognized, life-long interest in race.
Dr. Dudley's current projects have him working with the texts of James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, and Gayl Jones. His recent publication, Understanding James Baldwin, explores the life and social advocacy work of one of America's most celebrated literary voices.
Extension and Community Engagement
Dr. Dudley has been a frequent host and mediator of book discussions for the “Read Smart” discussion series sponsored by NCSU Libraries and the Wake County Public Library (Cameron Village).
Understanding James Baldwin (University of South Carolina Press, April 2019).
Teaching Hemingway and Film. Teaching Hemingway Series, KSUP. Eds. Cam Cobb and Marc Dudley. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, TBA (forthcoming).
"New World Order, Old World Ways: Hemingway's Colonialism and Postcolonialism," in The New Hemingway. Eds. Suzanne del Gizzo and Kirk Curnutt. Cambridge University Press, 2020 (forthcoming).
"Reading Between the (Color) Lines: Teaching Race in Hemingway's 'The Battler (expanded),'" Hemingway's Short Stories: Reflections on Teaching, Reading, and Understanding. Ed. Fred Svoboda. Kent State University Press, Nov 2019.
"Reading Between the (Color) Lines: Teaching Race in Hemingway's 'The Battler,'" Teaching Hemingway and Race. Ed. Gary Holcomb. Kent State University Press, Oct 2018.
“Killin’ em with Kindness: ‘The Porter’ and Hemingway’s Racial Cauldron," The Hemingway Review. 29.2 (Spring 2010): 28-45. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/384708
Interview on WUNC's "The State of Things" about the continued relevance of James Baldwin
A conversation about Hemingway and race
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“Go West, Young Man: Pat Hobby, Prevarication, and Scott Fitzgerald’s Hollywood Imperative(to Tell the Truth, a Truth, Any Truth).”(Presented at the 15th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference: Fitzgerald Society in Toulouse; Toulouse, France—June 2019)
"Teaching the Truth, in Black and White: Race in Hemingway's 'The Battler.'"(Presented at the American Literature Association Conference; Boston, MA—May 2019)
"The Blues is the Blues is the Blues: If Beale Street Could Talk and James Baldwin's Narrative of Resistance." (Presented at the College Language Association's Annual Conference; Raleigh, North Carolina--April 2019)
“Beyond Gatsby and Bathtub Gin: 1920s America and the Harlem Renaissance.” Invited talk at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (Friday Center), Chapel Hill, NC; October 2018
"Shape-shifting and Moving Mountains: Hemingway's Identity Politics in Under Kilimanjaro." (Presented at The Hemingway Society International Conference: Hemingway in Paris; Paris, France--July 2018)
"Wrestling Ernest Hemingway: Cormac McCarthy's John Cole, Race, and the Code Hero." (Presented at The South Atlantic Modern Language Association; Atlanta, Georgia--November 2017)
"Reading Between the Lies: Fitzgerald's "Absolution," The Great Gatsby, and the Meaning of Mendacity." (Presented at The American Literature Association's Annual Conference; Boston, Massachussettes--June 2015)
"The (Real) Stuff of Which Dreams are Made: Race and Hemingway's Self-made Man." (Presented at The Hemingway Society International Conference: Hemingway in Venice; Venice, Italy--June 2014)
“Sportsman, Modern, (Racial) Progressive (?): Ernest Hemingway and the Complications of Race.” Invited talk/lecture at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC; April 4 2013
“Charles Chesnutt’s Americana : The Conjure Stories and the Self-Made Man”
(South Atlantic Modern Language Association; Durham, North Carolina—November 2012)
“The Ties That (Don’t) Bind: Hemingway’s Friendships in Red, White, and Black” (Presented at Atlantic Modern Language Association; Atlanta, Georgia—November 2011)
“Indian Camps, “Badlands,” and the Spaces in Between: Race in Hemingway’s “Indian Stories” and McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses (Presented at South Atlantic Modern Language Association; Atlanta, Georgia--November 2010)
“Standing in the Shadow of the (Racial) Mountain: Hemingway’s Under Kilimanjaro and the Crafting of Identity” (Presented at 14th Annual International Hemingway Society Conference: Hemingway’s Extreme Geographies; Lausanne, Switzerland--July 2010)
“Killin’em with Kindness: Tempered Blackness and Hemingway’s Tempered Storm” (Presented at South Atlantic Modern Language Association; Louisville, Kentucky—November 2008)
- PhD in Twentieth Century American Literature/African American Literature from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2006
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- AFS 248 - 001Survey of African-American Literature11:45 - 01:00 T H160 Withers Hall
- ENG 248 - 001Survey of African-American Literature11:45 - 01:00 T H160 Withers Hall
- ENG 548 - 001African-American Literature01:30 - 02:45 T H0G117 Tompkins Hall