Straight, Pure, and Natural: Spiritualization and Penile Prostheses in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises
Posits that Jake seeks out Pedro Romero to serve as his sexual stand-in (prosthetic supplementation) in his relationship with Brett, further arguing that Hemingway’s prose style functions as a metaphorical prosthesis for Jake’s physical and emotional condition. Shaheen situates the novel’s treatment of sexuality within its social and historical contexts, focusing on contemporary diagnoses and cures for hysteria and other “female” disorders. Concludes that Jake’s postwar mechanized perspective and appreciation of the young matador’s skill in the bullring lead him to view Romero as the ideal cure for Brett’s hysteria.
Modern Fiction Studies