Publisher's Description

“I’ve been teaching Hemingway for more than two decades, and I can honestly say that this book will change the way that I introduce his work to my students.” —Stephen Trout, University of South Alabama

In 1925, Ernest Hemingway wrote to F. Scott Fitzgerald that “the reason you are so sore you missed the war is because the war is the best subject of all. It groups the maximum of material and speeds up the action and brings out all sorts of stuff that normally you have to wait a lifetime to get.” Though a world war veteran for seven years, at the time he wrote Fitzgerald, Hemingway had barely scratched the surface of his war experiences in his writing, yet it would be a subject he could never resist. As an eyewitness to the emergence of modern warfare, through the Second World War, and as a writer devoted to recreating experience on the page, Ernest Hemingway has gifted us with an oeuvre of wartime representation ideal for the classroom.

Teaching Hemingway and War offers fifteen original essays on Hemingway’s relationship to war with a variety of instructional settings in mind, and the contributors bring to the volume a range of experience, backgrounds, and approaches. The final section provides three excellent undergraduate essays as examples of what students are capable of producing and as contributions to Hemingway studies in their own right.


▪ American Library Association: “This volume is full of strategies for learning from Hemingway’s narratives about a subject so much with us today. Recommended.” (Choice June 2016 v53n10)

▪ Hemingway Review: “Teaching Hemingway and War adds a much-needed and tremendously useful pedagogical guide to this growing field. It includes fifteen original essays from a diverse set of contributors on how to approach Hemingway’s relationship to war in the classroom. … Browsing the essays of this excellent collection, one is struck not only by the breadth of engagement with Hemingway’s oeuvre—the essays deal with his short stories, novels, nonfiction, and one film—but also with the wide range of approaches taken up by the collection’s contributors …. Some of these essays are meant to familiarize teachers with a potential critical angle on Hemingway and war, and others are meant to provide a sort of lesson plan or are meant to be delivered to students as an introduction to a particular topic related to Hemingway and war. … This collection truly provides a valuable pedagogical guide and set of approaches for productively bringing Hemingway’s relationship with war into the classroom.”  (v36n1, Fall 2016, 114-116)