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Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire

Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire

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By (author) Guy Reynolds

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 214mm x 22mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333634519
  • ISBN 13: 9780333634516
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index, notes

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Drawing on a range of material from archives in the US and from a variety of primary historical sources, this study places Cather's major fiction in its cultural context. It explores "progressivism", "primitivism" and "Americanization" in such novels as "My Antonia" and "O Pioneers!". The book aims to develop interdisciplinary readings of the novelist, placing her as a writer engaged with many of the key debates of early 20th-century America, from immigration to evolutionary theory.

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Table of contents

Preface - Acknowledgements - Introduction - American Literature and the Failure of American Culture - Imperial History: O Pioneers! and the Settlement of the Plains - My Antonia and the Americanization Debate - One of Ours: the progressive Bildungsroman and the Death of Idealism - The Professor's House and the Incorporation of America - Death Comes for the Archbishop: the Ideology of Cather's Catholic Progressivism - Notes - Bibliography - Index