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The Names of Rivers and the Names of Birds: Ezra Pound, Louis Agassiz, and the "Luminous Detail" in Hemingway’s Early Fiction

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Article

Citation

Shakespeare, Alex. “The Names of Rivers and the Names of Birds: Ezra Pound, Louis Agassiz, and the ‘Luminous Detail’ in Hemingway’s Early Fiction.” Hemingway Review 30, no. 2 (Spring 2011): 36-53.

Annotation

Discusses the influence of Pound’s imagism and Agassiz’s “object-oriented” naturalism on Hemingway’s prose. Shakespeare argues that under Pound’s guidance, Hemingway’s prose evolved from “a series of multitudinous impressions” in “My Old Man” to “a series of luminous details” in “Paris 1922.” His close reading of the revision of “Big Two-Hearted River” aims to prove that Agassiz’s method of seeing and Pound’s method of revising were central to the way that concrete surfaces became “the primary sites of meaning” for Hemingway.

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Hemingway Review

Volume

30

Issue

2

Date

Spring 2011

Pages

36-53

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