The Construction of Hemingway: Masculine Style and Style-less Masculinity
Reception-based approach focusing on the first half of the twentieth century and the theatrical nature of Hemingway’s work. Strychacz treats the overriding professional anxieties present in male scholars in relation to constructions of manhood and masculine style in Hemingway’s fiction. Strychacz writes: “Those men demonstrated powerful yearnings for stable, self-evident, and universal masculine attributes, and for comprehensible, solid-seeming texts of masculine awakening. And they strove to maintain the hegemony of their conventional ways of thinking about manhood-fashioning even as the very nature of their professional work seemed to insist on a very different and much more problematic relationship.” Gives passing commentary on the ultra-masculine Morgan of To Have and Have Not and Cantwell of Across the River and into the Trees.
Dangerous Masculinities: Conrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence