Department or Program
Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor
William E. Cain
This thesis investigates Ernest Hemingway's short story collection In Our Time and his novel A Farewell to Arms as examples of modernist literature about the First World War. The form of In Our Time shows Hemingway's early experimentation with narration and temporality. The interchapters of In Our Time fragment the short story collection to create a formal complexity that defines the work's effort to convey the experience of the First World War. The cohesive retrospective narrative of A Farewell to Arms also conveys the experience of war and dwells on themes of fragmentation through Frederic Henry's conception of Catherine Barkley.