Trauma Studies: Neurological and Corporeal Injuries
Chronicles the evolution of biographical analyses of Hemingway's health matters in light of recent discoveries of brain science and the rise of scholarly trauma studies. Highlights such works as Andrew Farah's Hemingway's Brain in discussing the former and Linda Wagner-Martin's Hemingway's Wars as a standard-setter of the latter. Discusses evidence and competing theories of mental illness and alcoholism and suggests that both Farah and Wagner-Martin opened doors toward further studies of Hemingway's troubles in relation to his behaviors and his works, especially those composed in the last decade of his life and published posthumously. Locates another thread to follow in the field of epigenetics, which studies biological inheritance and may yet shed light on the effect of trauma, depression, and other traits that beset Hemingway and his family.