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Art matters : Hemingway, craft, and the creation of the modern short story
Publication Information:
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2010.
ISBN:
9780807135501
Physical Description:
xviii, 273 p. ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Historical genre, dispassionate presentation, and authorial judgment : the legacy of Maupassant and Chekhov -- Minimizing words and maximizing meaning : suggestiveness, concision, and omission -- Depicting consciousness in modern fiction : expressionism and impressionism from Crane to Cather and Hemingway -- Who sees and who speaks : Hemingway's art of focalization -- Repetition and juxtaposition : from Stein to Hemingway -- Openings, endings, and the disjunctive bump -- The normative center, the illustrative stamp, and the Joycean epiphany -- The new art of constructive dialogue : from James to Hemingway -- Plot, characterization, and setting.
Abstract:
"In Art Matters, Robert Paul Lamb provides the definitive study of Ernest Hemingway's short story aesthetics. Lamb locates Hemingway's art in literary historical contexts and explains what he learned from earlier artists. including Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Cezanne, Henry James, Guy de Maupassant, Anton Chekhov, Stephen Crane, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound. Examining how Hemingway developed this inheritance, Lamb insightfully charts the evolution of the unique style and innovative techniques that would forever change the nature of short fiction."--BOOK JACKET.
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In Art Matters, Robert Paul Lamb provides the definitive study of Ernest Hemingway's short story aesthetics. Lamb locates Hemingway's art in literary historical contexts and explains what he learned from earlier artists, including Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Cézanne, Henry James, Guy de Maupassant, Anton Chekhov, Stephen Crane, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound. Examining how Hemingway developed this inheritance, Lamb insightfully charts the evolution of the unique style and innovative techniques that would forever change the nature of short fiction.

Art Matters opens with an analysis of the authorial effacement Hemingway learned from Maupassant and Chekhov, followed by fresh perspectives on the author's famous use of concision and omission. Redefining literary impressionism and expressionism as alternative modes for depicting modern consciousness, Lamb demonstrates how Hemingway and Willa Cather learned these techniques from Crane and made them the foundation of their respective aesthetics. After examining the development of Hemingway's art of focalization, he clarifies what Hemingway really learned from Stein and delineates their different uses of repetition. Turning from techniques to formal elements, Art Matters anatomizes Hemingway's story openings and endings, analyzes how he created an entirely unprecedented role for fictional dialogue, explores his methods of characterization, and categorizes his settings in the fifty-three stories that comprise his most important work in the genre.

A major contribution to Hemingway scholarship and to the study of modernist fiction, Art Matters shows exactly how Hemingway's craft functions and argues persuasively for the importance of studies of articulated technique to any meaningful understanding of fiction and literary history. The book also develops vital new ways of understanding the short story genre as Lamb constructs a critical apparatus for analyzing the short story, introduces to a larger audience ideas taken from practicing storywriters, theorists, and critics, and coins new terms and concepts that enrich our understanding of the field.


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Lamb's sweeping study of Ernest Hemingway's short fiction will appeal to a wide range of readers. For the less experienced, Lamb (Purdue Univ.) provides both an introduction and a methodological scaffold to help readers better understand Hemingway's complex techniques and thematic concerns. For the initiated, he offers nuanced, sophisticated readings of Hemingway's short stories, impressive treatments that expand current understanding. But no matter the audience, this study illustrates characteristics desirable in a scholarly treatment of this sort: it is readable and engaging; it is supported by comprehensive research; and it is refreshingly transparent. Lamb covers such topics as Hemingway's use of omission, his employment of impressionism to depict consciousness, his progressive experiments with effaced narration, and his theories and practices regarding dialogue. Marrying informative critical theory and perceptive close readings throughout, Lamb illuminates the complexity of Hemingway's craft as a short story writer and accounts for his significant role in the development of the modern aesthetic. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. M. J. McDonough Monroe Community College


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introduction: The Hemingway ôProblemö and the Matter of Artp. 1
1 Historical Genre, Dispassionate Presentation, and Authorial Judgment: The Legacy of Maupassant and Chekhovp. 14
2 Minimizing Words and Maximizing Meaning: Suggestiveness, Concision, and Omissionp. 34
3 Depicting Consciousness in Modern Fiction: Expressionism and Impressionism from Crane to Cather and Hemingwayp. 48
4 Who Sees and Who Speaks: Hemingway's Art of Focalizationp. 78
5 Repetition and Juxtaposition: From Stein to Hemingwayp. 113
6 Openings, Endings, and the Disjunctive Bumpp. 136
7 The Normative Center, the Illustrative Stamp, and the Joycean Epiphanyp. 154
8 The New Art of Constructive Dialogue: From James to Hemingwayp. 169
9 Plot, Characterization, and Settingp. 204
Coda: Hemingway's Legacyp. 224
Acknowledgmentsp. 231
Appendix: Chronology of Hemingway's Stories, 1923-1939p. 237
Notesp. 241
Works Citedp. 247
Indexp. 261