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Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms



Prof. Peter Messent – Nottingham University


English Literature

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About this Course

In this course, Professor Peter Messent explores Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel, A Farewell to Arms. We begin in the first module by thinking about the way Hemingway reacts in his language to the sensationalism and empty sloganeering of Allied propaganda in the First World War. After that, in the second module, we explore Hemingway's prose style more generally, focusing in particular on his 'Iceberg Theory', which he outlined in another work – 'Death in the Afternoon' (1932). In the following two modules, we think about how Frederic Henry is represented in relation to the two central themes of the novel – first war and then love. And finally, in the fifth module, we think about what Frederic Henry might have learned by the end of the novel.

About the Lecturer

Peter Messent is Emeritus Professor of Modern American Literature at the University of Nottingham. His may work is in Mark Twain Studies, Ernest Hemingway Studies and Crime Fiction. His recent publications include The Crime Fiction Handbook (2012) and the award-winning Mark Twain and Male Friendship (2009).