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Title

Nick at Night: Nocturnal Metafictions in Three Hemingway Short Stories

Document Type

Article

Citation

Sempreora, Margot. “Nick at Night: Nocturnal Metafictions in Three Hemingway Short Stories.” Hemingway Review 22, no. 1 (Fall 2002):19-33.

Annotation

Compares three related stories that complicate the conventional wound theory by attributing Nick’s anxiety, and by extension Hemingway’s, to a childhood trauma. Sempreora argues that “Now I Lay Me” reveals Nick’s coping mechanisms of memory and invention to prevent the decomposition of his masculine identity. “A Way You’ll Never Be” and “Big Two-Hearted River” reflect the image and verbal patterns used by Nick to reconstruct a safe home. Concludes that Nick’s motives and methods of composition parallel Hemingway’s own creative process.

Published in

Hemingway Review

Volume

22

Issue

1

Date

Fall 2002

Pages

19-33

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