As One Animal of the Forest: “The Last Good Country” of Sibling Eros

  • Stephen Gilbert Brown
Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)


This chapter sustains inquiry into the “sibling twin” dyad in Hemingway’s trauma narratives, focusing on a central question: is the sibling Eros of Nick and Littless innocent or incestuous? This question serves as a springboard into a counter-reading of Mark Spilka’s argument positing an innocent sibling Eros (Hemingway’s Quarrel with Androgyny). I argue, by contrast, that the innocent and incestuous aspects of Eros in LGC, like the siblings themselves, are inseparably twinned—are most usefully understood not as signs of an either/or binary, but of a both/and dialectic whose tendency toward double explication posits meanings that may be “read” as innocent and incestuous. Throughout, Freud’s theory of The Uncanny (1919) is used to map the genealogy of sibling desire in LGC.


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  • Stephen Gilbert Brown
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  1. 1.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA

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