"After You, Baroness!" Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
Compares Hemingway’s life and African writings to Blixen’s, noting similarities in craft, subject matter, and theme. Juncker comments on their shared admiration of each other’s work, reliance on narrative omission, and debt to Cézanne in their literary landscapes. Explores how each author reinvented their identity, focusing specifically on race and gender. Addresses their vision of Africa as a prehistoric retreat away from the stale conventions and restrictions of their European and American environments. Concludes that Hemingway’s imperialistic perspective evolved over time while Blixen’s remained static. Draws on Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa, Under Kilimanjaro, True at First Light, and Blixen’s Out of Africa (1937).