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Dangerous MasculinitiesConrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence$
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Thomas Strychacz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031613

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031613.001.0001

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Making a Mess of Manhood in Hemingway's “The Capital of the World”

Making a Mess of Manhood in Hemingway's “The Capital of the World”

(p.48) 2 Making a Mess of Manhood in Hemingway's “The Capital of the World”
Dangerous Masculinities

Thomas Strychacz

University Press of Florida

This chapter gives an analysis of Ernest Hemingway's “The Capital of the World”, which is an odd story about a boy who copies a matador and ends up tied to a kitchen chair and dying from wounds caused by being attacked with steak knives. It explores Hemingway's problematic representation of masculinity and the story allows readers to pursue several questions about masculine performance. It also examines and critiques the strategies that men use to fashion “manhood”.

Keywords:   analysis, Ernest Hemingway, The Capital of the World, representation, masculinity, masculine performance, manhood, strategies

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