Crouching specters and hidden masters in "Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat" by Russell Banks
Explores the influence of Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants” and theory of omission on the composition of Banks’s 1981 story. Meillon traces numerous parallels between the stories, including their use of similar plotlines based on unspoken abortion, objective narration, and landscape imagery. Discusses how Banks is able to rise above the anxiety of influence through his creation of a submerged spectral presence exposing America’s history of slavery and imperialism.
Short Fiction in Theory & Practice