Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Author's Department


First Advisor

Roger L. Whitlow


Ernest Hemingway, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, is one of America's outstanding literary figures. Criticism of his work has been voluminous--ranging from bitterly derogative to superlative--with most of it focusing upon the famous 'Hemingway code hero,' upon his crisp, concise writing style, and upon his much-publicized personal life.

One example of negative assessment by critics is the one concerning black portraiture in Hemingway's fiction. However, no work deals exclusively with this aspect of his writing. The purpose of this thesis is, first, to present a general discussion on the nature of prejudice and examination of black stereotypes--their functions, categories, and effects. With this framework, we can turn to a detailed examination of the black characters in Hemingway's fiction, to determine which characters are stereotypic, as indeed some are, and which ones receive individualized treatment.

The significance of this study, then, is to offer insight into an, as yet, unexplored area in the works of Ernest Hemingway.

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