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 antimodern 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
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • 0803237723
  • 9780803237728

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"The scholarly authority with which the contributors approach their subjects reinforces the notion of Cather as a sophisticated 20th-century artist."-K. P.Ljungquist, CHOICE -- K. P.Ljungquist CHOICE "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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About Melissa J. Homestead

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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Table of contents

Melissa J. Homestead and Guy J. Reynolds, Introduction; 1. John N. Swift, Willa Cather in and out of Zane Grey's West; 2. Sarah Clere, Thea's "Indian Play" in The Song of the Lark; 3. Kelsey Squire, "Jazz Age" Places: Modern Regionalism in Willa Cather's The Professor's House; 4. Mark A. R. Facknitz, Changing Trains: Metaphors of Transfer in Willa Cather; 5. Michelle E. Moore, Chicago's Cliff Dwellers and The Song of the Lark; 6. Richard C. Harris, Willa Cather and Henry Blake Fuller: More Building Blocks for The Professor's House; 7. Amber Harris Leichner, Cather's "Office Wives" Stories and Modern Women's Work; 8. Matthew Lavin, It's Mr. Reynolds Who Wishes It: Profit and Prestige between Cather and Her Literary Agent; 9. Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Thea at the Art Institute; 10. Diane Prenatt, Art and the Commercial Object as Ekphrastic Subjects in The Song of the Lark and The Professor's House; 11. Janis P. Stout, "The Nude Had Descended the Staircase": Katherine Anne Porter Looks at Willa Cather Looking at Modern Art; 12. Joyce Kessler, "The Cruelty of Physical Things": Picture Writing and Violence in Willa Cather's "The Profile"; 13. John H. Flannigan, "Before Its Romanzas Have Become Street Music": Cather and Verdi's Falstaff, Chicago, 1895

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