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The Forest of Four Wounds: Hemingway and the Sawyer’s Daughter

  • Stephen Gilbert Brown
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Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)

Abstract

In this chapter, the focus of inquiry into the “sibling twin” relationship, and the extent to which it informs Hemingway’s identity and art, shifts from the family to the forest and Hemingway/Nick’s relationship to his first lover, Prudy Boulton (Trudy). Prudy is “read” as a sign of four wounds, each of which allegorizes Nick’s wound of emasculation: the wound of genocide, the wound of nature, the wound of being Other, and the wound of love. The Ernest-Prudy, Nick-Trudy relationship is further “read” through the lens of two Hemingway trauma narratives: “Fathers and Sons” and “Ten Indians.” Interpretation is further informed by comparative analysis with Maurice Hewlett’s The Forest Lovers, discovering and developing the critical alliterations between it and Hemingway’s trauma narratives.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Gilbert Brown
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  1. 1.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA

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