The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Vaudeville Philosophers: "The Killers"

Author

Ron Berman

Document Type

Article

Citation

Berman, Ron. “Vaudeville Philosophers: ‘The Killers.’” Twentieth Century Literature 45, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 79-93.

Annotation

Traces the influence of the vaudeville tradition on the story, reading Max and Al as “straight men” and Nick, George, and Sam as yokel “rubes.” Argues Hemingway employs vaudevillian philosophy to raise questions of radical empiricism, forcing deluded Americans to recognize their conventional American values and expand their sense of evil.

Published in

Twentieth Century Literature

Volume

45

Issue

1

Date

Spring 1999

Pages

79-93

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