Hemingway: The Constructed Self
Studies the complex and variable mode of self-objectification in Hemingway’s fiction, focusing on three main postures of “surrogate writers” found throughout his canon: authenticity, simplicity, and independence. Analyzes the development of these postures beginning with the successful The Sun Also Rises and their subsequent modifications in later works such as Green Hills of Africa, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio,” and To Have and Have Not. Argues that after the failure of Across the River and into the Trees, Hemingway revised his techniques to create greater distance between himself and his characters, ultimately resulting in his becoming one of the greatest writers of the modernist period.
The Self as Object in Modernist Fiction: James, Joyce, Hemingway