"Everybody Has It": Syphilis and the Human Condition in the Writings of Ernest Hemingway
On Hemingway’s frequent references to venereal disease throughout his canon, reflecting not only a lack of personal sexual responsibility but also the larger consequences of modernity itself. Tyler examines the author’s association of the disease with culturally conditioned definitions of masculinity and the pain of untreated depression. Draws from “One Reader Writes,” The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, Under Kilimanjaro, and elsewhere.
Syphilis and Subjectivity: From the Victorians to the Present