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The Old Man and the Sea: Ernest Hemingway and the Godlessness of Modernism

Speak confidently about a well-known author in American literature, Ernest Hemingway, from an academic and Catholic perspective with TAN Courses' exclusive American Literature Short Courses. While Hemingway was nominally Catholic, he was not particularly devout. Despite this, there are still numerous traces of Catholicism within his works. Does Hemingway find himself with the same sense of desperation, isolation, and intermittent Godlessness that many other American authors find themselves in? Dr. Henry Russell reflects how our nation is rooted in Catholicism and the innumerable ways the Church influences American literature.

In each lecture, your professor, Dr. Henry Russell, will take you on a journey where you will begin to discuss topics that you never covered in your high school American literature class, such as; 

  • The Old Man and the Sea: the philosophical, theological, and political implications.
  • Romantic literacy: a new way to consider American literature.
  • The peaceful haunting of the ever-enduring presence of Christ.
  • Recovering the Godlessness in the crisis of modernism.

In this fascinating short course, out of Dr. Russell's complete 32-part lecture series on American Literature, enjoy a more concentrated field of study diving into these topics of theology, philosophy, and contemporary politics. This book is about what is true and how to respond to what is true and is well worth your time and contemplation.

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Modernism's Orthodoxies and Ernest Hemingway Part 1 

By now, we have seen the sense of desperation, isolation, and intermittent Godlessness in Robinson, Frost, Pound, and Eliot. Why did each of these figures, among others, find themselves in such doubt? Why will we find Hemingway in the same place?

Modernism's Orthodoxies and Ernest Hemingway Part 2

As one reads Hemingway, they begin to wonder, if not a Christian, was he haunted by Christ in his writings? He was nominally Catholic, but did he live that, and can traces of his religion be found in his writing?

Henry Russell, PhD
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