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Wally’s Bookshelf: Revisiting Hemingway with Dr. Brian Tucker and Dr. Derek Mong

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. EDT

Wally's Bookshelf is a casual book discussion led by a Wabash faculty or staff member and provides participants the opportunity to connect with fellow Little Giants. Participants are required to procure and read the book, but the discussion is free.

Wally’s Bookshelf: Revisiting Hemingway with Dr. Brian Tucker and Dr. Derek Mong

With the recent release of the Burns and Novick documentary "Hemingway" (( this summer feels like a good time to return to some of Ernest Hemingway's classic short stories. Hemingway's star has perhaps faded somewhat in recent years, in part because the hyper-masculine persona surrounding the author can seem tiresome and out of step with contemporary attitudes about masculinity. The Burns and Novick documentary does a good job of stripping away the layers of mythology and revealing Hemingway, in many ways, as the victim of his own posturing and self-mythologizing. Can the work of demythologizing the person also rejuvenate our reading of Hemingway and allow us to revisit his fiction with fresh eyes? Do we hear the voice in his stories differently now?

The discussion will focus on the following set of stories:
"Indian Camp"
"Big Two-Hearted River, I and II"
"A Very Short Story"
"Hills Like White Elephants"
"The Short Happy Life of Frances Macomber"

Participants are encouraged to read as many of the stories as they like. One could certainly still take part in the conversation without having read all of them. These stories can be found in The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition (Scribner) (

Brian Tucker ’98, Professor of German, Chair of Humanities and Fine Arts (Div II)

Dr. Brian Tucker joined the faculty in 2004. Dr. Tucker did his undergraduate work at Wabash, where he received his A.B., summa cum laude, in German and history. He earned an M.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. At Wabash he teaches a wide range of courses in German language, literature, and cultural history and regularly leads students on immersion trips to Europe. Recent courses include seminars on “Freud and the Question of Interpretation,” “German Literature and Culture, 1800-Present,” and “Immigration and Integration in Modern Germany.” His research, which has been supported by the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, centers on German literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the history of aesthetics, and psychoanalysis. These topics come together in his book Reading Riddles: Rhetorics of Obscurity from Romanticism to Freud.

Derek Mong, Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Derek Mong came to Wabash College from Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2016. He did his undergrad work at Denison University. Dr. Mong earned an M.F.A. from The University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Mong is a poet, essayist, and translator whose course load at Wabash includes "Comics & Graphic Novels," "Literature & Photography," and "The American Road Trip." His most recent book is The Identity Thief (2018).