Reversing the Iceberg

Gorjan Dimitrov, Christina Mortensen, Louise H Arentoft, Ilona E Marquard-Busk, Amalie Frese, Maria-Vittoria Olivi & Heimir Á Heimisson

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The author Ernest Hemingway has a public image as a real macho man. However, his authorship is a lot more nuanced than the usual characterisation. This project has as its purpose to shed light upon the differences between Hemingway's literature and the myth about him. Unable to make any conclusions on his actual life and personality, we have chosen to compare our interpretations of his stories with his public persona. Apart from various theories on analysis of literature, we have also used psychoanalytical theories by Freud, in particular theories about dream interpretation that we have applied to characters in the stories. Hemingway himself compared his writings to an iceberg, where only an eighth is visible above water, a metaphor that can be related to both Freud's theory on dreams and the subconscious, which is why we wanted to use psychological theories to achieve a deeper understanding of what is and is not in the text. We have used two collections of short stories, namely "In Our Time" and "Men Without Women", apart from the novel "The Garden of Eden".

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2004


  • In Our Time
  • manifest
  • queer theory
  • Freud
  • psychoanalysis
  • myth
  • latent
  • psychology
  • The Garden of Eden
  • Hemingway
  • dream
  • iceberg
  • macho
  • Men Without Women