Dr Marc K. Dudley

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Associate Professor

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. 



Understanding James Baldwin

             (University of South Carolina Press, Feb 2019)


Teaching Hemingway and Film. Teaching Hemingway Series, KSUP. Eds. Cam Cobb and Marc Dudley.  Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, TBA (forthcoming).


Hemingway, Race and Art: Bloodlines and the Color Line

             (Kent State University Press, 2012). 







"Reading Between the (Color) Lines: Teaching Race in Hemingway's 'The Battler,'" Teaching Hemingway and Race.  Ed. Gary Holcomb. Kent State University Press, 2018 (Fall).

“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


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“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