The volume of collected short stories and vignettes In Our Time was Ernest Hemingway's first commercial publication. Its appearance in 1925 launched the full-fledged literary career of this century's most famous American fiction writer. And while other later works of Hemingway have eclipsed In Our Time's fame, none of Hemingway's subsequent works would again carry the degree of experimentation found in this distinctly modernist masterwork. Modernism and Tradition in Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time: A Guide for Students and Readers is a well-paced, lucidly written handbook intended to guide university students and teaching faculty towards a better understanding of this complex work. It provides a reading of each story and vignette, while simultaneously stressing the status of In Our Time as a discrete volume. Included are discussions of the book's biographical and historical background, and considerations of Hemingway's prose style, theories of writing, formal achievements, his literary mentors and influences, and the relation between In Our Time and his later works.
Matthew C. Stewart is Associate Professor of Humanities and Rhetoric at Boston University.
First Published: 02 Jan 2001
13 Digit ISBN: 9781571130174
Size: 9 x 6
Imprint: Camden House
Series: Studies in American Literature and Culture
Subject: English & American Literature
BIC Class: DS
Details updated on 19 May 2013
- 1 Historical and Biographical Context
- 2 In Our Time as Modernist Literature: Placing the Text in the Literary Landscape
- 3 Continuities and Discontinuities of Form: In Our Time as Modernist Achievement
- 4 A Reading of the Stories
- 5 The Interchapters and the World of In Our Time: "The Picture of the Whole"
- 6 In Our Time and Hemingway's Later Work