Perspectives

Literary period

“Indian Camp” (1924) is one of Ernest Hemingway’s earliest works. Like most of his writing, it is influenced by Modernism and literary minimalism.

Modernism is a broad genre of fiction writing mainly popular from the 1910’s to the 1960’s. It came into existence due to a mixture of factors, but especially increased industrialisation and the horrors of World War I caused people to question what was happening to humanity and mankind. Authors started treating this disillusion and anxiety in literature, typically by focussing on the inner self of the characters and their feelings of loneliness and alienation.

The minimalist writing style arose in connection with Modernism. It is characterized by short sentences, simple wording, very few adverbs and equally few direct details about the characters’ feelings and motives. As a consequence, the reader must play an active part in understanding the story by reading between the lines.

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