"I, Also, Am in Michigan": Pastoralism of Mind in Hemingway’s "Big Two-Hearted River"
Uses Leo Marx’s The Machine in the Garden to discuss the breakdown between wilderness and civilization in conjunction with the story’s pastoral setting. Contends that Nick’s anxieties about the swamp indicate his identification with both the “wilderness of the unconscious” (manifested in his untreated trauma), and destructive civilization he longs to escape.
O’Brien, Sarah Mary. “‘I, Also, Am in Michigan’: Pastoralism of Mind in Hemingway’s ‘Big Two-Hearted River.’” Hemingway Review 28, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 66-86.