Hemingway’s Camera Eye: The Problem of Language and an Interwar Politics of Form
Describes the damage that a variety of authors, including Hemingway, saw plaguing language’s capacity for expression in postwar times. Analyzes Hemingway’s prose style as an expression of the harm war-glorifying words have on the English language. Contends that Hemingway’s solution to the problem of abstract language was to shift from a “snapshot” perspective to a “camera-eye aesthetic,” thus imitating the multifocal scope of film. Brief references to The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, and others.