The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway

Document Type

Book

Citation

Moddelmog, Debra A. Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999.

Annotation

Postructuralist exploration of how socially constructed concepts of sexuality and power shape readers’ images of Hemingway’s sexual identity and influence interpretations of his texts. Moddelmog discusses castration, cross-dressing, and homosexuality in The Sun Also Rises and the excision of lesbian and homosexual passages in The Garden of Eden manuscripts aimed at preserving Hemingway’s public image and protecting Scribner’s interests. Also examines the imperialistic attitudes toward Africa and its inhabitants by white characters in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” Contends that even Look’s pictorial-article (1954) reveals the superiority of white expertise.

Date

1999

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