A Cognitive Approach to Ernest Hemingway's Short Fiction

A Cognitive Approach to Ernest Hemingway's Short Fiction

How do readers make sense of Hemingway’s short stories? How is it possible that the camera-like quality of his narrative can appeal to our senses and arouse our emotions? How does it capture us? With reserved narrators and protagonists engaged in laconic dialogs, his texts do not seem to say much. This book consciously revisits our responses to the Hemingway story, a belated response to his invitation to discover what lies beneath the surface of his iceberg. What this pioneering critical endeavor seeks to understand is the thinking required in reading Hemingway’s short fiction. It proposes a cognitively informed model of reading which questions the resources of the reader’s imaginative powers. The cognitive demonstrations here are designed to have potentially larger implications for the short story’s general mode of knowing. Drawing from both cognitively oriented poetics and narratology in equal measure, this book explains what structures our interaction with literary texts.


Gabriela Tucan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the West University of Timișoara, Romania. She holds two MA degrees in Creative Writing and Adult Education and a PhD in Philology (awarded upon defending a thesis focusing on cognitive operations required in reading Ernest Hemingway’s short stories). Her broader research interests cover 20th century American literature, cognitive poetics and cognitive narratology, and academic writing. She is also the co-editor of two volumes, and has written a number of book chapters and over 20 journal articles.

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ISBN: 1-5275-6762-1

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-6762-7

Release Date: 1st June 2021

Pages: 299

Price: £61.99