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Title

The Ma of Hemingway: Interval, Absence, and Japanese Esthetics in In Our Time

Document Type

Article

Citation

Loots, Christopher. “The Ma of Hemingway: Interval, Absence, and Japanese Esthetics in In Our Time.” Hemingway Review 29, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 74-88.

Annotation

Applies the Japanese esthetic of ma to Hemingway’s prose style, specifically analyzing “Indian Camp” and “Big Two-Hearted River.” Contrary to Western scholarship, Loots argues that Hemingway’s theory of omission should be approached not as a puzzle to be filled in but as “gesturing toward the meaningful yet unnamable nothingness of the interval.” Loots interprets the woods in In Our Time as a “representation of the text’s sublime nothingness” and urges scholars to address the silences and absences in Hemingway’s text as meaningful in themselves.

Published in

Hemingway Review

Volume

29

Issue

2

Date

Spring 2010

Pages

74-88

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