The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

The Need for a Shave: Beards in Masculinity in Ernest Hemingway's Fiction

Author

Peter Ferry

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Ferry, Peter. "The Need for a Shave: Beards in Masculinity in Ernest Hemingway's Fiction." In Beards and Masculinity in American Literature, 66-108. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Annotation

Challenges reading Hemingway's Papa beard as a symbol of the author's ultra-masculinity through an examination of the role of facial hair in three of Hemingway's best-known novels, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Ferry argues that Hemingway's complex narratives of beard posing and masculine performance belie easy associations between beards and masculinity, writing that Hemingway's most famous male protagonists, Jake Barnes, Frederic Henry, and Robert Jordan, "contribute to three particular beard narratives: questioning the pretension of the beard, recognizing and rejecting the symbolic power of the act of beard wearing, and repeatedly voicing the need for a shave."

Published in

Beards and Masculinity in American Literature

Date

2020

Pages

66-108

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