Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action

University of Wisconsin Pres, 16/07/2012 - 176
Ernest Hemingways groundbreaking prose style and examination of timeless themes made him one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century. Yet in Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action, Mark Cirino observes, Literary criticism has accused Hemingway of many things but thinking too deeply is not one of them. Although much has been written about the authors love of actionhunting, fishing, drinking, bullfighting, boxing, travel, and the moveable feastCirino looks at Hemingways focus on the modern mind, paralleling the interest in consciousness of such predecessors and contemporaries as Proust, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, and Henry James. Hemingway, Cirino demonstrates, probes the ways his characters minds respond when placed in urgent situations or when damaged by past traumas.
In Cirinos analysis of Hemingways work through this lensincluding such celebrated classics as A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and Big Two-Hearted River and less-appreciated works including Islands in the Stream and Because I Think Deeperan entirely different Hemingway hero emerges: intelligent, introspective, and ruminative.
 

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Ernest Hemingway and the Life of the Mind
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Metacognition and Mental Control in Big TwoHearted River
20
Metacognition and Mental Control in The Old Man and the Sea
37
Architecture Dimensions and Persistence
56
Islands in the Stream and the ThoughtAction Dichotomy
78
The Execution of Tropmann and Hemingways Aesthetic of Witness
101
Hemingways Theory of the Vision of the Dying
116
The Death of Consciousness as Conversion or Annihilation
131
Notes
149
Works Cited
165
Index
175

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Mark Cirino is assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville. He is the co-editor of Ernest Hemingway: Geography of Memory and the general editor of Kent State University Presss Reading Hemingway series. He is also the author of two novels, Name the Baby and Arizona Blues.