Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway nearly defined machismo for many American men of the twentieth century. Yet, in recent years critics have discerned an "androgynous" sexuality beneath the surface stoicism of Hemingway's heroes. This study breaks new ground by examining the profoundly submissive and masochistic posture toward women exhibited by many of Hemingway's heroes, from Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises to David Bourbane in The Garden of Eden. The discussion draws on the ideas of authors as diverse as Sacher-Masoch, Freud,...

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Overview

Ernest Hemingway nearly defined machismo for many American men of the twentieth century. Yet, in recent years critics have discerned an "androgynous" sexuality beneath the surface stoicism of Hemingway's heroes. This study breaks new ground by examining the profoundly submissive and masochistic posture toward women exhibited by many of Hemingway's heroes, from Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises to David Bourbane in The Garden of Eden. The discussion draws on the ideas of authors as diverse as Sacher-Masoch, Freud, Deleuze, and others, and reveals that despite Hemingway's rugged and hypermasculine image, a "masochistic aesthetic" informs many of the texts. This accessible treatment of a complex subject will appeal to readers with an interest in Hemingway, gender issues, and American literature.

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“This is a daring and fascinating book, which adds yet another chapter to the recent revisionist work that has altered forever the way we read Hemingway and his writings. Arguing that Hemingway and his male protagonists are consumed by a need to be dominated sexually by women, Fantina alters our understanding of the heterosexuality of Hemingway and his heroes. Sorting carefully through theories of masochism, Fantina cleverly explains the contradictory impulses of Hemingway and his men: their attraction to ‘forbidden’ desires and acts which seem to stand in such stark contrast to their dominating bravado when in the public eye. Ultimately, this book makes a compelling case for the queer heterosexuality of Hemingway and the male characters he created in his own image. Ernest Hemingway: Machismo and Masochism fills an important gap in recent work on the transgressive sexuality of Hemingway and his characters, and as such will be a welcome contribution by many Hemingway scholars.”—Debra A. Moddelmog, author of Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway

“Considerations of gender and sexuality have been central to Hemingway studies for the past decade. This book’s great virtue is that it has something new to tell us about Ernest Hemingway. It has outstanding insights into Hemingway’s work.”—Carl P. Eby, author of Hemingway’s Fetishism: Psychoanalysis and the Mirror of Manhood
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403969071
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Fantina teaches English at the University of Miami and is managing editor of the Jourbanal of Latin American Anthropology. His work has appeared in The Hemingway Review and he has presented papers on literary portrayals of gender in modernist, post-modernist, and Victorian texts at numerous academic conferences. In 2003 he was awarded research fellowships from the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) and the Hemingway Society to complete this book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ernest Hemingway: Machismo and Masochism
• Hemingway and Theories of Masochism
• Elements of Hemingway's Masochism
• Hemingway and the Feminine Complex
• Defying the Code: Masochism in the Major Texts
• Hemingway, Race, and Colonialism
• Reaffirming the Code: Reinscribing Patriarchy

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