Criticism and the Literary Crisis of Man
Philosophical history on the role of Hemingway, Faulkner, and other “revived modernists” in delineating the nature of humanity following World War II. Treats Hemingway’s focus on the will of man and endurance of the human spirit in The Old Man and the Sea, suggesting Faulkner’s 1950 Nobel Prize speech embodying a message of hope as the inspiration for the novella’s themes. Addresses the influence of literary criticism, canon formation, and university curricular transformation.
The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973