The Fictional Selves of A Moveable Feast
Reads Hemingway’s memoir as a response to and revision of Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933). Fong examines each author’s narratological ventriloquism aimed at promoting their artistic reputations at the expense of those within their literary circle. Argues that like Stein’s earlier life narrative, Hemingway’s memoir subverts the conventions of paternalistic autobiography by blending the seemingly contradictory impulses of individualism and communal relationship. Discusses Hemingway’s experimental conflation of perspectives and ambivalence toward his old mentor.
a/b: Auto/Biography Studies