Concrete Sensations: Imagining Feeling in A Farewell to Arms
Discusses the retrospective narrative’s stylized resistance to accessing the lived experience of the story world it creates. Tanner argues that the reader’s inability to imaginatively connect with the novel’s romantic plot is linked to Frederic Henry’s grieving process in which he must cope with both Catherine Barkley’s presence and absence. Explores at length the novel’s intermittent representations of sensory perception and emotion, especially in its final scenes.
Modern Fiction Studies