Anderson and Hemingway
Comparison study of the modernist tenets of corrupt speech and social withdrawal found in Winesburg, Ohio (1919) and In Our Time. Ward discusses Sherwood Anderson’s focus on inarticulateness and silence as the only expressions of truth while suggesting Hemingway’s empty conversations and silence are a means of avoiding disagreeable scenes and dramatic situations. Concludes that only in extreme withdrawal can moments of clarity break through. Reads each author’s portrayal of the insincerity of speech as a response to modernism and a defensive reaction to suffering.
American Silences: The Realism of James Agee, Walker Evans, and Edward Hopper