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.
About the Author:
Lauretta Conklin Frederking is Associate Professor at the University of Portland.