Moonshine in the Sunshine State: Alcohol's Roots and Routes in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's South Moon Under and Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not
Comparison study examining the key roles that alcohol and gender play in the novels' construction of place, both reginal and global. Rieger opens with a summary of each author's connection to their adopted state of Florida before moving to discuss their realistic depiction of the people, culture, and natural environments of their respective geographical areas. Rieger contends that Rawlings's "language of interdependence with nature breaks down traditional gender norms, while Hemingway represents a stereotypically masculine relationship of dominance over the natural world." Contrasts Hemingway's use of limited natural description and depiction of the rootless Harry Morgan engaged in a global economic enterprise with Rawlings's depiction of characters rooted through family and economics to their specific southern location. Argues that while the moonshiners of Rawlings's novel maintain a healthy independence from the outside world through their regional network of family and neighbors, Harry Morgan is trapped in his role as exploited laborer, caught up in the corruption and hypocrisy of that larger world.
Southern Comforts: Drinking & the U.S. South