Hemingway’s Secret Histories
Makes a case for reading and teaching “Indian Camp” as the true beginning of In Our Time. Gives a close reading of the story along with an analysis of its thematic and stylistic connections with the volume’s other stories/vignettes. Reads Nick’s initiation as key to understanding the whole collection, uncovering “a crucial site of American memory, the primal and largely forgotten ur-place out of which the United States was violently born.” Discusses other stories about Native Americans and the theme of haunting pasts, including “Now I Lay Me,” “Fathers and Sons,” and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Also published as “Performing Maleness” in Secret Histories: Reading Twentieth-Century American Literature, 53-67. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.