Making a Mess of Manhood in Hemingway’s "The Capital of the World"
Drawing on performance, gender, and masculinity theories, Strychacz analyzes Hemingway’s problematic representation of masculinity, focusing on true and false constructions of manhood repeated throughout the story. Contends that as a masculine performance, the story’s critical reception reveals much about audience, particularly the social, cultural, and historical currents underlying early Hemingway scholarship. Maintains that to agree on Hemingway’s strong adherence to tough masculine codes, early critics had to smooth over their differences on the definition of masculinity and its embodiment within texts.
Dangerous Masculinities: Conrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence