session 10

Hemingway's Great War: Laceration, Love, and Death on the Italian Front

Tuesdays, October 24, 31; November 7, 14
3:30-5:20 p.m.
40 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington St., Iowa City
Registration Deadline: October 17
Class Limit: 96

As an enlistee serving with the Italian army in 1918, Ernest Hemingway was gravely wounded in a mortar attack two weeks before his 19th birthday. That near-death trauma would reverberate in his writing thereafter. While recuperating in Milan, he fell in love with his Red Cross nurse and hoped to marry her, but after he returned home to Oak Park, she sent him a "Dear John" letter. He fictionalized these events in several of his finest short stories and in A Farewell to Arms. Along with other topics, we will sort out fact from imagination in these works.

INSTRUCTOR: John Raeburn is professor emeritus of American studies and English at the UI. He taught courses in American literature and history, photography, and movies and has published books on Ernest Hemingway, the film director Frank Capra, the painter-photographer Ben Shahn, and the cultural history of 1930s photography.

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