Hemingway's Fetishism: Psychoanalysis and the Mirror of Manhood

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In Hemingway's Fetishism, Carl Eby demonstrates in painstaking detail and with stunning new archival evidence how fetishism was crucial to the construction and negotiation of identity and gender in both Hemingway's life and his fiction. Critics have long acknowledged Hemingway's lifelong erotic obsession with hair, but this book is the first to explain in a theoretically coherent manner why Hemingway was a fetishist and why we should care. Without reducing Hemingway's art to his psychosexuality, Eby demonstrates that when the fetish appears in Hemingway's fiction, it always does so with a retinue of attendant fantasies, themes, and symbols that are among the most prominent and important in Hemingway's work.
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Uses new archival evidence to demonstrate how fetishism was crucial to the construction and negotiation of identity and gender in both Hemingway's life and his fiction. Each chapter takes a significant problem in Hemingway's fiction and probes into the nature of his fetishes regarding sexual metamorphosis, homosexuality, and hair. Discusses fantasies, themes, and symbols in his work, such as phallic women, transvestitism, the fetishization of race, and bisexuality. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Short Apologia 1
Ch. 1 The Core Complex and the Field of Fetishistic Fantasy 15
Ch. 2 Freud, Fetishism, and Hemingway's Phallic Women 41
Ch. 3 Biography, Post-Freudian Theory, and Beyond the Phallus 87
Ch. 4 Loss, Fetishism, and the Fate of the Transitional Object 119
Ch. 5 Ebony and Ivory: Hemingway's Fetishization of Race 155
Ch. 6 Bisexuality, Splitting, and the Mirror of Manhood 185
Ch. 7 Perversion, Pornography, and Creativity 241
Notes 277
Bibliography 335
Index 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2003

    Freudian psychiatry has no basis in fact; therefore this study is not credible.

    Despite the author's obvious hard work, intelligence and erudition, this book is of limited value since it is based on psychological theories and psychiatric speculations of little value. Freud has been debunked for donkey's years. Why do literature professors continue to take him seriously? Read Freud as a cultural historian, know about him as a 'culture hero,' read him for his other thoughts and for his storytelling capacity, but don't suppose that his psychological theories are scientific or useful. And don't burden another great writer's life and stories with this moribund intellectual paradigm.

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