The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Memorial Landscapes: Hemingway’s Search for Indian Roots

Document Type

Book Chapter

Citation

Mandel, Miriam B., ed. Hemingway and Africa. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011.

Annotation

Examines Hemingway’s lifelong fascination with primitive modernism, tracing his interest in African tribal customs and religions to his early experience with the Indian tribes of northern Michigan. Discusses Hemingway’s exploration of spiritual practices, totemic places, and the sacredness of the hunt in Under Kilimanjaro, connecting Hemingway’s past landscapes, especially swamps, with those of Africa. Melling also discusses Hemingway’s restrictive relationship with wife Mary that prevented his full immersion in tribal life and connects his African wife Debba to his first sexual encounter with Prudence Boulton. Melling writes: “Africa is a way of going back home to an imagined past, and once discovered this ‘childhood’ past offers him entry to a tribal landscape and personal atonement for the sins of his nation.”

Published in

Hemingway and Africa

Date

2011

Pages

239-272

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