Theodore Roosevelt and the Postheroic Arena: Reading Hemingway Again
Detailed exploration of Hemingway’s complex relationship with Roosevelt’s ideology. Clark examines the negative critical response to Hemingway’s works during the cold war years, a climate informed by Roosevelt’s legacy of natural history writing, manly pursuits, and militaristic optimism. References several stories and novels, especially For Whom the Bell Tolls, Across the River and into the Trees, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Garden of Eden, to show how Hemingway’s nuanced handling of gender identity and liberal politics presented a danger to the cold war’s hyper masculine conservatism.
Cold Warriors: Manliness on Trial in the Rhetoric of the West