The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Autopathography and Depression: Describing the "Despair Beyond Despair"

Document Type

Article

Citation

Moran, Stephen T. “Autopathography and Depression: Describing the ‘Despair Beyond Despair.’” Journal of Medical Humanities 27, No. 2 (2006): 79-91.

Annotation

Examines how Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Styron wrote about their depression as a way of understanding it. Positing that Hemingway filled his fiction with characters suffering from psychiatric conditions and alcoholism much like his own, Moran argues that Hemingway’s metaphor of illness as a “generation’s outlook” allowed him to deny the personal relevance of his psychiatric disorders. Reads the husband’s situation in “Indian Camp” as a metaphor for profound depression. Comments briefly on alcoholism and suicide in The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, To Have and Have Not, and “A Clean Well-Lighted Place.”

Published in

Journal of Medical Humanities

Volume

27

Issue

2

Date

2006

Pages

79-91

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