The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Modernist Point of View Technique and the Ethics of Reading: A Rortian Approach to Ernest Hemingway

Author

Kurt Müller

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Müller, Kurt. “Modernist Point of View Technique and the Ethics of Reading: A Rortian Approach to Ernest Hemingway.” In Aesthetic Transgressions: Modernity, Liberalism, and the Function of Literature, edited by Thomas Claviez, Ulla Haselstein, and Sieglinde Lemke, 315-35. Heidelberg, Germany: Universitatsverlag, 2006.

Annotation

Applies Richard Rorty’s neo-pragmatic theory of reading to the authorial silences found in “Indian Camp.” Concludes that a careful reading attunes the reader to story’s destructive forces of racism and sexism. Comments briefly on the much-maligned Margot of “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” and Robert Cohn of The Sun Also Rises, contending that as with the woman in labor in “Indian Camp,” both characters possess the potential “for engaging the aesthetic as well as the moral political sensibilities of the reader.”

Published in

Aesthetic Transgressions: Modernity, Liberalism, and the Function of Literature

Date

2006

Pages

315-335

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