Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Phillip L. Marcus
Third Advisor's Name
Hemingway, Garden of Eden, Battler, To Have and Have Not, Race, Gender, Aesthetics
Date of Defense
The purpose of this study was to critically evaluate the aesthetic decisions and theoretical complexity of three of Ernest Hemingway’s most experimental texts: IN OUR TIME, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, and THE GARDEN OF EDEN, and to show that the usually maligned Hemingway was an author invested in the avant-garde and in analyzing and dissecting rigid societal rules, not championing them.
Through critical analysis this study examined how Hemingway makes specific aesthetic decisions in order to more clearly examine the disparity between whites and both women and racial minorities in America. The problems that Hemingway makes clear through his art are meant to have a profound effect upon the reader and encourage re-evaluation of societal rules, their purpose, and their fairness to those who are not white, male, and typically in a position of power. The findings demonstrate that Hemingway’s entire oeuvre is open to re-interpretation on the basis of a progressive view of the author.
Riobueno, Michael, "Injustice Everywhere: Hemingway's Struggle with Race, Gender, and Aesthetics" (2012). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 763.
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