Hemingway’s Geographies: Intimacy, Materiality, and Memory by Laura Gruber Godfrey

By Laura Gruber Godfrey

This ebook attracts at the instruments of literary research and cultural geography to enquire Ernest Hemingway's subtle building of actual environments. In doing so, Laura Gruber Godfrey revises traditional techniques to Hemingway’s literary landscapes and gives perception approximately his fictional characters and his readers alike.

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In this sense Hemingway seems to write place more from a cultural geographical perspective than from that of a conventional novelist, for his symbols—such as they are—initially work to evoke a physical world. In short, Hemingway’s textual geographies set before readers a narrative of the land and its history. Understanding the cultural and ecological significance of objects on the land becomes a necessary part of any literary interpretation. Hemingway began writing Death in the Afternoon in 1930 (Reynolds 1930s 41), nearly a decade after his last significant time spent in Northern Michigan.

We caught goldfish out of the creek and breeding ponds in the game farm and brought them back in minnow buckets and stocked the reservoir to make feed for the pickerel. In the deep water the goldfish all turned silver or silver and black mottled…. 32 L. G. GODFREY Any picture you would get of Oak Park now would be false…. The point I am trying to make by talking all around it is that when you come into something thirty-five years late, you do not get the true gen. You get Survivors’ gen. You can get statistics and badly remembered memories and much slanted stuff.

Logging was an industry that created its own landscape, never more so than with the rise of commercial, industrial-scale logging in the USA during the nineteenth century: The new scale and form of logging was a response to the increasing demand for lumber from a growing population and an increasingly industrialized economy and society. 6 billion board feet in 1839, and the rate of cutting quickened at each successive decade to form a new and upward sloping curve which reached 8 billion board feet in 1859, 20 billion in 1880 and a peak of 46 billion board feet in 1904, an amount never reached since.

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