Repossessing Papa: A Narcissistic Meditation
Begins with an examination of the problems Hemingway studies faces considering various contemporary critical systems. Spilka then shifts to a discussion of Hemingway’s recognition of the socially coded sexual expectations to “put out for the troops” evident in A Farewell to Arms and Catherine’s war madness. Closes with a comparison of the aggressively subservient Catherine to the sexually tyrannical Catherine Bourne of The Garden of Eden. Also published as “Repossessing Papa: A Narcissistic Meditation for Literary Throwbacks” in Rereading Modernism: New Directions in Feminist Criticism, edited by Lisa Rado, 231-52. New York: Garland, 1994.