Hemingway, Trauma, and Masculinity: In the Garden of the Uncanny
Psycho-critical investigation of Hemingway's life and works, drawing on contemporary wound theory, along with Freud's and Rank's psychoanalytic theories, to analyze the influence of trauma on Hemingway's identity formation and artistic creation. Brown examines the wound of emasculation, originating from the author's early relationship with his mother and later compounded by his wounding in World War I, underlying Hemingway's narratives, from his early high school publications to his posthumous works. Works covered include "The Judgment of Manitou," "Sepi Jingan," "Big Two-Hearted River," "Fathers and Sons," "Indian Camp," For whom the Bell Tolls, "The Last Good Country," The Garden of Eden, True at First Light, and Under Kilimanjaro. Also discusses the divergence of Hemingway's naturalist narratives from those of his mentor, Teddy Roosevelt.