Portrait of Ernest Hemingway at the Hemingway House, Key West, Florida. Photo by Chandler Culotta, 2021.
A Little About Us
This website was originally created by three students at the University of Tampa under the guidance of assistant professor of English, Dr. Sarah Juliet Lauro. The goal was to create annotations for people, objects, and places referenced in Ernest Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not in order to assist new readers. In the years since, many other students have made valuable contributions, as the website has expanded into different novels and areas of research.
To date, the following students have shaped this ongoing, multi-media project: Chandler Culotta, Lily Connolly, Nina Darcy, Megan Darling, Mark-Elliot Finley, Lee Gentzel, Evan Henderson, Jordan Huden, Sydney Johnson, Joel Lee, Tabitha LaFurie, Jasmine Liaw, Olivia Malmstrom, Nabhanya Morarji, Logan Sullivan, Ellie Wightman, Christopher Young, Josh Clements, Theo Katsulos and Max Zodkoy.
Below you can read a bit about the three generations of students who have shaped this site and our hopes for areas of expansion for the future.
Dr. Sarah J. Lauro
Chandler Culotta '22
Megan Darling '24
This generation's University of Tampa Hemingway Project is taking on two new books: Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises and his memoir of his early days living in Paris, which he wrote at the end of his life. Our central goal here is to highlight Paris in the 1920s as it was just after the Great War when Hemingway formed a part of the "lost generation" who lived in Paris and created great works of art.
Mark-Elliot Finley '22
Third Project: In its third year students Megan Darling , Chandler Culotta, and Mark-Elliot Finley added to the body of research surrounding Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises and his memoir, A Moveable Feast. This year's team expanded its international horizons, researching Paris's connection with Hemingway and these two influential pieces of modern literature. This team innovated by creating both podcasts and walking tours.
First Project: Evan Henderson, Nabhanya Morarji, and Tabitha LaFaurie
Although Kirk Curnutt's Reading Hemingway's To Have and Have Not: Glossary and Commentary provided a solid foundation for our research, our team conducted site-based research in Key West to enrich, add, and compile more data. In addition, we utilized Penn State Hemingway Project and the Kennedy Library’s collection of Hemingway papers to explore the different facets of the book. The group made a short video about the experience, which is below.
Second Project: In the project's second year, students Nina Darcy, Lily Connolly, Chandler Culotta continued adding annotations to the website and focused on Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Old Man and the Sea. While originally this group was supposed to travel to Cuba, due to the 2020 COVID outbreak, the researchers travelled to Key West to conduct more site-based research and add to the annotations on To Have and Have Not, concentrating specifically on wildlife of the region.
In addition to previous study of Hemingway's literary works, the 2021 group brought to the project special skills in photography, writing, and website design.
STUDENT MISSION STATEMENT: With a passion for Hemingway and an interest in experiential learning, we embraced the opportunity to build a resource for students around the world that would make Hemingway's works more visual and immediately relatable. Our mission is to find new relationships between the existing knowledge of Hemingway, and inform future scholars with a comprehensible outline of Hemingway’s legacy. We have all had extensive experience studying the works of Ernest Hemingway at the University of Tampa. Being based in Tampa, Florida, with both Key West, FL and Havana, Cuba, fairly close by, we felt we had a unique opportunity to share with a wider audience the various places that inform Hemingway's novels, initially approaching To Have and To Have Not and The Old Man and The Sea. Later, we were excited by the idea of leaving an academic legacy for future UT scholars to continue building upon the foundations of our research. We hope our findings will serve the next generation of UT scholars with the tools to build upon our research and branch into Hemingway’s wider influences, even those in other parts of the world.
Images above: UT students Nina Darcy, Lily Connolly and Chandler Culotta tour Key West sites of importance to Hemingway and his works, and work on the website.
Key West Panorama, 2021
Fourth Project: In the Hemingway Project's fourth year students Josh Clements, Theo Katsulos, Megan Darling and Max Zodkoy went Havana to study Hemingway's last book The Old Man and the Sea. In addition the students were able to see where Hemingway spent a significant amount of his adult life. Since Cuba's Revolution in 1959 these students were given the unique opportunity to see Cuba similarly to how Hemingway would have saw it.
Theo Katsulos '24
Megan Darling '24
Max Zodkoy '24
Josh Clements '23
Max Zodkoy (left), Theo Katsulos (Top), Megan Darling (Right), Josh Clements (Bottom), Dr. Sarah Lauro (Center) at the Floridita Bar in Havana a bar Hemingway frequented.