Aficionados and Friend Killers

Cary Wolfe

in Animal Rites

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780226905136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226905129 | DOI:
Aficionados and Friend Killers

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This chapter examines the depiction of race, gender and species in the works of Ernest Hemingway, particularly “The Sun Also Rises” and “The Garden of Eden.” It aims to show that the current tendency to view modernism as the more or less retrograde forerunner of our own more progressive attitudes about race, gender, or species is self-flattering and (at best) only half right. This chapter also discusses observations about Hemingway's interest in cross-gender identification and transgressive play with gender codes.

Keywords: Ernest Hemingway; race; gender; species; The Sun Also Rises; The Garden of Eden; modernism; cross-gender identification; gender codes

Chapter.  21689 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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