restricted access Concrete Sensations: Imagining Feeling in A Farewell to Arms


Despite its enumeration of sensory details and tangible specifics, A Farewell to Arms often resists and even refuses imaginative access to the love story it creates. Rather than reading the narrative’s resistance as a necessary outcome of Hemingway’s minimalist style, this essay argues that the novel flattens the lived world inhabited by reader and character in order to enact at the level of representation a dynamic of absent presence that registers Frederic’s traumatic loss of Catherine.