Cather Studies

Cather Studies : Willa Cather and Modern Cultures


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Linking Willa Cather to "the modern" or "modernism" still seems an eccentric proposition to some people. Born in 1873, Cather felt tied to the past when she witnessed the emergence of twentieth-century modern culture, and the clean, classical sentences in her fiction contrast starkly with the radically experimental prose of prominent modernists. Nevertheless, her representations of place in the modern world reveal Cather as a writer able to imagine a startling range of different cultures. Divided into two sections, the essays in Cather Studies, Volume 9 examine Willa Cather as an author with an innovative receptivity to modern cultures and a powerful affinity with the visual and musical arts. From the interplay between modern and anti-modern in her representations of native culture to the music and visual arts that animated her imagination, the essays are unified by an understanding of Cather as a writer of transition whose fiction meditates on the cultural movement from Victorianism into the twentieth century.

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • LincolnUnited States
  • English
  • 0803237723
  • 9780803237728

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Melissa J. Homestead is Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English and program faculty in women s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She is the author of "American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822 1869." Guy J. Reynolds is a professor of English and the director of the Cather Project at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He is the author of "Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire" and "Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development" (Nebraska 2008)."

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"The ninth volume of Cather Studies transcends the usual tendency to classify Cather as modern here and antimodern there, more interestingly highlighting tensions with modernism itself." Stefanie Heron, "Great Plains Quarterly "--Stefanie Heron "Great Plains Quarterly ""

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