Hemingway’s Cats: Beyond Nonverbal Communication
Building on Malcolm Cowley's argument that Hemingway's fiction approaches the level of primal rituals, I propose to explore through examples from "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” "Cat in the Rain,' and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" how Hemingway's feline characters test the limits of verbal and nonverbal signification. The theorists I shall apply include Jessie L. Weston, Mircea Eliade, Ferdinand de Saussure, Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, Alfred Korzybsky, S. I. Hayakawa, Jacques Derrida, and Jean Baudrillard.
Dr. John U. Peters
Lecturer, Department of English, California State University