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Hemingway's two extended African safaris, the first in the 1930s and the second in the 1950s, gave rise to two of his best-known stories ("The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"), a considerable amount of journalism and correspondence, and two nonfiction books, Green Hills of Africa (1935), about the first safari, and True at First Light (1999; longer version, Under Kilimanjaro 2005), about the second.Africa also figures largely in his important posthumous novel The Garden of Eden (1986). The variety and quantity of this literary output indicate clearly that Africa was a major factor in the creative life of this influential American author. But surprisingly little scholarship has been devoted to the role of Africa in Hemingway's life and work. To start the long-delayed conversation on this topic, this book offers historical, theoretical, biographical, theological, and literary interpretations of Hemingway's African narratives. It also presents a wide-ranging introduction, a detailed chronology of the safaris, a complete bibliography of Hemingway's published and unpublished African works, an up-to-date, annotated review of the scholarship on the African works, and a bibliography of Hemingway's reading on natural history and other topics relevant to Africa and the world of the safari.

Contributors: Silvio Calabi, Suzanne del Gizzo, Beatriz Penas Ibáñez, Jeremiah M. Kitunda, Kelli A. Larson, Miriam B. Mandel, Frank Mehring, Philip H. Melling, Erik G. R. Nakjavani, James Plath, and Chikako Tanimoto.

Miriam B. Mandel is retired as Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University.

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ISBN-13: 9781571139672
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Studies in American Literature and Culture Series
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Miriam B. Mandel is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Tel Aviv University, Israel

Table of Contents

Introduction - Miriam B. Mandel
Hemingway's Reading in Natural History, Hunting, Fishing, and Africa - Miriam B. Mandel and Jeremiah Kitunda
Ernest Hemingway on Safari: The Game and the Guns - Silvio Calabi
"Love is a dunghill. . . . And I'm the cock that gets on it to crow": Hemingway's Farcical Adoration of Africa - Jeremiah Kitunda
Canonical Readings: Baudelaire's Subtext in Hemingway's African Narratives - Beatriz Penas Ibanez
Tracking the Elephant: David's African Childhood in Hemingway's The Garden of Eden - Suzanne del Gizzo
An Elephant in the Garden: Hemingway's Africa in The Garden of Eden Manuscript - Chikako Tanimoto
Between Ngàje Ngài and Kilimanjaro: A Rortian Reading of Hemingway's African Encounters - Frank Mehring
Memorial Landscapes: Hemingway's Search for Indian Roots - Philip H. Melling
Hemingway's African Book of Revelations: Dawning of a "New Religion" in Under Kilimanjaro - Erik Nakjavani
Barking at Death: Hemingway, Africa, and the Stages of Dying - James Plath
On Safari with Hemingway: Tracking the Most Recent Scholarship - Kelli A. Larson
Notes on the Contributors

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