New Critical Approaches to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

New Critical Approaches to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Book Pages: 528 Illustrations: Published: December 1990

Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

With an Overview by Paul Smith and a Checklist to Hemingway Criticism, 1975–1990

New Critical Approaches to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway is an all-new sequel to Benson’s highly acclaimed 1975 book, which provided the first comprehensive anthology of criticism of Ernest Hemingway’s masterful short stories. Since that time the availability of Hemingway’s papers, coupled with new critical and theoretical approaches, has enlivened and enlarged the field of American literary studies. This companion volume reflects current scholarship and draws together essays that were either published during the past decade or written for this collection.
The contributors interpret a variety of individual stories from a number of different critical points of view—from a Lacanian reading of Hemingway’s “After the Storm” to a semiotic analysis of “A Very Short Story” to an historical-biographical analysis of “Old Man at the Bridge.” In identifying the short story as one of Hemingway’s principal thematic and technical tools, this volume reaffirms a focus on the short story as Hemingway’s best work. An overview essay covers Hemingway criticism published since the last volume, and the bibliographical checklist to Hemingway short fiction criticism, which covers 1975 to mid-1989, has doubled in size.

Contributors. Debra A. Moddelmog, Ben Stotzfus, Robert Scholes, Hubert Zapf, Susan F. Beegel, Nina Baym, William Braasch Watson, Kenneth Lynn, Gerry Brenner, Steven K. Hoffman, E. R. Hagemann, Robert W. Lewis, Wayne Kvam, George Monteiro, Scott Donaldson, Bernard Oldsey, Warren Bennett, Kenneth G. Johnston, Richard McCann, Robert P. Weeks, Amberys R. Whittle, Pamela Smiley, Jeffrey Meyers, Robert E. Fleming, David R. Johnson, Howard L. Hannum, Larry Edgerton, William Adair, Alice Hall Petry, Lawrence H. Martin Jr., Paul Smith


“This collection is a strong companion to Benson’s first collection. It brings a wealth of material not easily available together with a number of important new essays. The wind direction is changing in Hemingway work. Benson recognizes the shift and sets his sail close to it.” — Michael S. Reynolds, North Carolina State University


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Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

The Art of the Short Story / Ernest Hemingway 1

I. Critical Approaches

The Unifying Consciousness of a Divided Conscious: Nick Adams as Author of In Our Time / Debra A. Moddelmog 17

Decoding Papa: "A Very Short Story" As Work and Text / Robert Scholes 33

Hemingway's "After the Storm": A Lacanian Reading / Ben Stolzfus 48

Structuralism and Interpretation: Ernest Hemingway's "Cat in the Rain" / Oddvar Holmesland 58

"That Always Absent Something Else": "A Natural History of the Dead" and Its Discarded Coda / Susan F. Beegel 73

Reflection vs. Daydream: Two Types of the Implied Reader in Hemingway's Fiction / Hubert Zapf 96

"Actually, I Felt Sorry for the Lion" ["The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"] / Nina Baym 112

"Old Man at the Bridge": The Making of a Short Story / William Braasch Watson 121

II. Story Technique and Themes

Hemingway's Apprentice Fiction: 1919–1921 / Paul Smith 137

The Troubled Fisherman ["Big Two-Hearted River"] / Kenneth S. Lynn 149

From "Sepi Jingan" to "The Mother of a Queen": Hemingway's Three Epistemologic Formula for Short Fiction / Gerry Brenner 156

Nada and the Clean, Well-Lighted Place: The Unity of Hemingway's Short Fiction / Steven K. Hoffman 172

"Only Let the Story End As Soon As Possible": Time-and-History in Earnest Hemingway's In Our Time / E. R. Hagemann 192

"Long Time Ago Good, Now No Good": Hemingway's Indian Stories / Robert W. Lewis 200

III. Story Interpretations

Hemingway's "Banal Story" / Wayne Kvam 215

"This Is My Pal Bugs": Ernest Hemingway's "The Battler" / George Monteiro 224

Preparing for the End: Hemingway's Revisions of "A Canary for One" / Scott Donaldson 229

El Pueblo Espanol: "The Capital of the World" / Bernard Oldsey 238

The Poor Kitty and the Padrone and the Tortoise-shell Cat in "Cat in the Rain" / Warren Bennett 245

Hemingway's "The Denunciation": The Aloof American / Kenneth G. Johnston 257

To Embrace or Kill: Fathers and Sons / Richard McCann 266

Wise-Guy Narrator and Trickster Out-Tricked in Hemingway's "Fifty Grand" / Robert P. Weeks 275

A Reading of Hemingway's "The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio" / Amberys R. Whittle 282

Gender-Linked Miscommunication in "Hills Like White Elephants" / Pamela Smiley 288

Hemingway's Primitivism and "Indian Camp" / Jeffrey Meyers 300

Hemingway's "The Killers": The Map and the Territory / Robert E. Fleming 309

"The Last Good Country": Again the End of Something / David R. Johnson 314

Nick Adams and the Search for Light ["The Light of the World"] / Howard L. Hannum 321

"Nobody Ever Dies!": Hemingway's Fifth Story of the Spanish Civil War / LArry Edgerton 331

Hemingway's "Out of Season": The End of the Line / William Adair 341

Perversion and the Writer in "The Sea Change" / Robert E. Fleming 347

Coming of Age in Hortons Bay: Hemingway's "Up in Michigan" / Alice Hall Petry 353

Crazy in Sheridan: Hemingway's "Wine of Wyoming" Reconsidered / Lawrence H. Martin Jr. 360

IV. An Overview of the Criticism

A Partial Review: Critical Essays on the Short Stories, 1976–1989 / Paul Smith 375

V. A Comprehensive Checklist of Hemingway Short Fiction Criticism, Explication, and Commentary, 1975–1989

Section I. Books on Hemingway's Work Containing Discussion of the Short Stories 395

Section II. Articles, Books Devoted to Hemingway's Works, Books Not Exclusively Devoted to Hemingway, and Dissertations Containing Discussion of Several Hemingway Short Stories 402

Section III. Criticism, Explication, and Commentary on Individual Stories, Listed by Story—Including Specific Articles, Segments from Books on Hemingway's Work, and Segments from General Books 417

Notes and References 459

Notes on Contributors 507
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