Hemingway’s Cats: Beyond Nonverbal Communication

Dr. John U. Peters
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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.

Keywords: Communication
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Hemingway’s Cats

Dr. John U. Peters

Lecturer, Department of English, California State University
Los Angeles, California, USA

John Peters has taught literature for over 30 years. His specialties include critical theory and the application of social, rhetorical, and ethical perspectives to the works of canonical authors. His studies include The Elements of Critical Reading (Macmillan 1991) and many scholarly articles. In recent years he has presented in conferences at the Universities of Ottawa, Victoria B.C., and Paris X.

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