Hemingway's Camera Eye: The Problem of Language and an Interwar Politics of Form

Far more often than Hemingway's work, the writings of James Agee, John Dos Passos, Arthur Koestler, and George Orwell are examined for their politics, and their politics of form. But Hemingway's multi-focal aesthetic situates him alongside these more obviously politicized writers. Built upon his famous "iceberg" theory of omission, and imitating film rather than single-shot still photography, Hemingway's multi-focal aesthetic confronted the problem of "official" history and interwar doubts over language's ongoing capacity for expression.