The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

"Now I Lay Me": Nick’s Strange Monologue, Hemingway’s Powerful Lyric, and the Reader’s Disconcerting Experience

Author

James Phelan

Document Type

Book Chapter

Citation

Smith, Paul, ed. New Essays on Hemingway’s Short Fiction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Annotation

Examines the multilayered experience of reading by focusing on cognitive, emotive, and ethical constructs within the narrative. Connects “Now I Lay Me” with other stories in Men Without Women, claiming that its ethical force depends on readers’ participation in the set of questionable values that underlie it, specifically the troubling analogy between wives and mortar shells.

Date

1998

Pages

47-72

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