The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Tribal Things: Hemingway’s Erotics of Truth

Document Type

Article

Citation

Comley, Nancy R. and Robert Scholes. “Tribal Things: Hemingway’s Erotics of Truth.” Novel 25, no. 3 (1992): 268-85.

Annotation

Explores the reoccurring themes of truth, sexuality, and race in Hemingway’s texts. Examines how “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Mr. and Mrs. Elliot” address the sexual taboos of castration and lesbian sexuality. Offers a manuscript study of The Garden of Eden (with frequent references to “The Sea Change”) that explores these themes through erotic transgressions of race and gender. Argues that Scribner’s published version of the novel obscures “the relationship between a search for artistic ‘truth’ and a sexuality that transgresses the norms of the culture that Hemingway kept trying to outgrow.”

Published in

Novel

Volume

25

Issue

3

Date

1992

Pages

268-285

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