Abstract

This essay examines Hemingway's In Our Time in the historical and discursive context of Woodrow Wilson's rhetorical leadership during the years before, during, and after World War I. Addressing Hemingway scholarship's failure to consider Wilson's importance, it shows how the style, structure, and protagonist of In Our Time challenge the core tenets of Wilson's idealism, specifically his progressive theories about peace, neutrality, leadership, and mediation in state politics. Drawing on Wilson's public rhetoric, as well as selections from Hemingway's early journalism with the Toronto Star, the essay offers an alternative context for understanding the modernist innovations long associated with Hemingway's first major experiment in prose.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-4815
Print ISSN
0276-3362
Pages
pp. 6-26
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-21
Open Access
No
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