Adding a literary twist to Great War Series

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Tina Entzminger, professor of English and department chair, introduces the work of Ernest Hemingway to Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Culture and Society, Great War Series.

Her lecture, “Hemingway and the Great War” will discuss “The Sun Also Rises” and “A Farewell to Arms,” in the context of World War I. In conjunction with this lecture, Entzminger’s American Literature 2 students will present class research. The event will be held on April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Centennial Hall 239.

It is no surprise that Hemingway’s novels contain scattered symbols of war. He responded to a Red Cross recruitment in 1918, arriving in Paris during heavy German invasion. He experienced a gruesome factory explosion in Milan, was wounded by mortar fire assisting Italian soldiers and sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that required immediate operation. Hemingway experienced the love, loss and hardships that accompany war, and in doing so, was provided with firsthand knowledge that would later captivate his audiences.

Entzminger specializes in American literature of the realist and modernist periods. She is the author of two books, “Contemporary Reconfigurations of American Literary Classics” and “The Belle Gone Bad: White Southern Women Writers and the Dark Seductress.” At BU, Entzminger teaches courses in composition and American Literature.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The last program in the ICS Great War Centennial Series, is the student colloquium, “The Great War and Modernism in the Visual Arts,” Friday, April 24, at 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall 239. The program will be presented by Nogin Chung, associate professor of art and art history, and students.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.