Abstract

Abstract:

By tracing the often hidden presence of the Roman Catholic sacraments throughout Hemingway’s first novel, a pattern of action in priority to words emerges. Jake likes the silent, “dim” Spanish churches; so too Hemingway likes his newfound religion–one whose theology affirms that the nearest approach to God comes not by way of propositional language or spiritual meditation, but by the eating of His body in the Eucharist. This bypassing of referentiality in favor of direct and physical union puts Hemingway’s nascent “Iceberg theory” in prescient conversation with Derrida’s monumental critique of signs as vehicles of presence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2056-5666
Print ISSN
0148-3331
Pages
pp. 463-481
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-28
Open Access
No
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