"Who’s Normal? What’s Normal?" Teaching The Garden of Eden Through the Lens of Normality Studies
Explains her method of teaching the novel through a normative studies lens. Focusing on sexual and social conventions of three historical periods (the 1920s in which the novel is set, the 1940s and 50s when it was presumably written, and the 1980s when it was published), Moddelmog encourages students to explore how the novel relates to and challenges these norms. Takes note of the stigma associated with sexual deviancy during these time periods, and discusses Hemingway’s and Scribner’s writing and editorial decisions considering the cultural climate.