English 166

Special Topics: Hemingway and Masculinity

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2021 Danner, Mark
TTh 11-12:30


DIfficult to point to a more foundational American writer than Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway embodied a kind of balls-to-the-wall masculine energy that dominated American modernist fiction for decades of war and conflict. For more than fifty years the ideal of manhood in American media and culture was as Hemingway described it: taciturn, bellicose, neurotic and given to the heroic killing of people and animals. In this class we will explore the major works of this essential American writer and seek to understand, with unflinching candor, what makes his work go on living, as dream or as nightmare, for readers and writers. For answers, we will look to the work of Hemingway's epigones (whether or not they would welcome the title), from James Salter to Ken Kesey, from Robert Stone to Raymond Carver, from Ann Beattie to Joan Didion to Joyce Carol Oates.

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