The "Whine" of Jewish Manhood: Re-Reading Hemingway’s Anti-Semitism, Reimagining Robert Cohn
Masculinity study. Takes issue with previous characterizations of Robert Cohn as a “whiner” unable to live up to Hemingway’s concept of manhood. Contends that Cohn is the novel’s model of hyper-masculinity, arguing that Jake’s denigration of Cohn’s Jewishness results from his insecurities over his own failed performance of manhood. Concludes that Cohn’s performance exposes the nature of masculinity as a construct, and it is only after Cohn departs from the novel that Jake can articulate his own failure to live up to the white masculine ideal.