From the Margin a Silent Tick: On the Traces of Performative Judgment in Literary Works
Proposes that Hemingway and other writers reveal a self-awareness or anxiety-the "performative judgment" of the article's title-over possible weaknesses in early drafts, passages that tended to be excised before publication. Focuses, in Hemingway's case, briefly on passages in The Sun Also Rises previously examined by Hannah Sullivan in The Work of Revision. Sullivan, for example, found Hemingway removing some unfocused chattering by Jake Barnes-"I don't know why I have put all this down"-in favor of a more laconic approach. Magee's other examples include Keats, Eliot, Robert Lowell, and artists in other fields.
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