Noncombatant Mobilization Wounds: The Postwar Masterpieces of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner
Contends that Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner were socially emasculated by the radical mobilization policies of the US military during World War I that, by privileging meritocracy over ethnicity and class, excluded all three authors from frontline service. Examines how their frustration with their noncombatant experience manifests in their fictional construction of tragic love triangles featuring Anglo men bested by American “outsiders” in their pursuit of Anglo women. Compares The Sun Also Rises to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925) and Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929).
War Isn’t the Only Hell: A New Reading of World War I American Literature