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At War with Ernest Hemingway
MRIC 2014/15

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At War with Ernest Hemingway

Ron McFarland
Department of English

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Whitewater Room, UI Commons


No major American writer wrote more – and more powerfully – about war than did Ernest Hemingway. In fact, Prof. McFarland writes, “I’d be inclined to make the universal statement, possibly setting aside Tolstoy (as Hemingway himself would likely have done).” This presentation expands on a theme from Prof. McFarland’s recently published book, Appropriating Hemingway, which examines ways in which Ernest Hemingway has been introduced or “appropriated” as an important fictional character in more than 30 novels, several short stories, graphic novels, movies, plays and poems.


Ron McFarland has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Idaho since 1970. Although his doctoral dissertation dealt with minor 17th-century British poet Thomas Traherne, he teaches a broad array of courses ranging from 17th-century British poets like Donne and Milton to modern writers like Ernest Hemingway and contemporaries like Cormac McCarthy. In addition, he is an adviser for creative writing track majors in English and serves on committees or directs MA and MFA theses. He helped establish the University of Idaho’s highly regarded literary magazine, Fugue, more than 20 years ago.
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