Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, and Personal War
Explores the stages of Hemingway’s deepening disillusionment with World War I, attributing it to his exposure to the postwar era rather than the war itself. Discusses his disgust with politics, loss of faith in progressive reform and leftist mass movements, and fear of women’s sexual liberation. Examines Frederic’s process of disillusionment in A Farewell to Arms, addressing how his social obligations affect his freedom, individualism, and happiness. Briefly analyzes the directional shifts of Catherine’s sexual energy. Concludes with a comparison of World War I literature to Spanish Civil War novels.
Embattled Home Fronts: Domestic Politics and the American Novel of World War I