Ross Tangedal deposited Designed to Amuse: Hemingway’s The Torrents of Spring and Intertextual Comedy in the group TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography on MLA Commons 3 years, 4 months ago
Easily the least-mentioned (and read) of Ernest Hemingway’s works (proven by its lack of critical attention), The Torrents of Spring merits rereading for its intertextual play. Hemingway’s use of embedded author’s notes throughout the text guides readers to a more fully aware young writer who offers critiques of composition, authorship, printing and the publishing industry as components of his satirical take on Sherwood Anderson. His use of author’s notes points to a writer willing to experiment with intertextual elements in order to critique multiple publishing functions along with his earliest champions. Recognizing the former strengthens our reading of early Hemingway as he sought to evolve into the writer he would eventually become.