Donald Barthelme | Valerie Gray Lee

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Donald Barthelme.
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George Dekker and Joseph Harris

SOURCE: "Supernaturalism and the Vernacular Style in "A Farewell to Arms'," in PMLA, Vol. 94, No. 2, March, 1979, pp. 311-18.

In the following essay, Dekker and Harris find evidence of "second sight" and other ghostly folk notions in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms.

The doric voice of Hemingway's twenties protagonists, though communally that of the vernacular tradition in American fiction,1 is so much his own that words like "tradition" and "community" sound foolish or a cheat when applied to it. It creates a fictional world in which, seemingly, there is no place for literary allusions or intimations of a supernatural order. And it does this so successfully that readers coming to his work for the first time may be surprised, even a little annoyed, to be told that "Hemingway's reading is as important to his art as that of Coleridge";2 that...

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