Hemingway has been labeled a ‘communist sympathizer,’ ‘elitist’, and a ‘rugged individualist.’ This volume embraces the complexity of political advocacy in Hemingway’s novels and short stories. Hemingway’s characters physically, intellectually and spiritually become part of resisting current conditions and affirm the value of resistance, even destruction, regardless of political outcome. Much more than political nihilism, rebellion allows man to realize the potentialities of his greatness as a leader, the realities of his solidarity as a comrade, and the simple sensations of everyday living. Hemingway draws new perspectives on the meaning of politics in our own lives at the same time as his writings affirm boundaries of political thought and literary theory for explaining many of the themes we study.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction 1. The Rebel: Hemingway and the Struggle Against Politics Lauretta Conklin Frederking Part II: Hemingway in Liberal Times 2. Hemingway on Being in Our Time Catherine Zuckert 3. Hemingway, Hopelessness, and Liberalism William Curtis Part III: The Politics of Morality, Manliness, and God 4. Ethics Without Theodicy in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms Sayres Rudy 5. Manly Assertion Harvey Mansfield 6. Hemingway, Religion, and Masculine Virtue Joseph Prud’homme Part IV: The Impossibility of Politics 7. Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls: Rebellion and the Meaning of Politics in the Spanish Civil War Kerstin Hamann 8."The Revolutionist" David Winston Conklin 9. To Have and Have Not: Hemingway Through the Lens of Theodor Adorno Lauretta Conklin Frederking
Lauretta Conklin Frederking is Associate Professor at the University of Portland.