The "Lost Generation" and the Generation of Loss: Ernest Hemingway’s Materiality of Absence and The Sun Also Rises
Reads the novel’s thematic focus on loss as a renunciation of Stein’s Lost Generation comment and the basis for Hemingway’s own bid for artistic liberation from his mentors. Explores the novel’s emphasis on material objects, specifically what is lost or absent, in relation to how these losses help to define that generation in the aftermath of World War I. Treats the impotent Jake Barnes as a modernist revision of the traditional gunslinger hero of nineteenth and early twentieth-century American literature.
Modern Fiction Studies