Cather Studies, Volume 7: Willa Cather as Cultural Icon

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Volume 7 of the Cather Studies series explores Willa Cather’s iconic status and its problems within popular and literary culture. Not only are Cather’s own life and work subject to enshrinement, but as a writer, she herself often returned to the motifs of canonization and to the complex relationship between the onlooker and the idealized object. Through textual study of her published novels and her behind-the-scenes campaign and publicity writing in service of her novels, the reader comes to understand the extent...
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Overview

Volume 7 of the Cather Studies series explores Willa Cather’s iconic status and its problems within popular and literary culture. Not only are Cather’s own life and work subject to enshrinement, but as a writer, she herself often returned to the motifs of canonization and to the complex relationship between the onlooker and the idealized object. Through textual study of her published novels and her behind-the-scenes campaign and publicity writing in service of her novels, the reader comes to understand the extent to which, despite her legendary claims and commitment to privacy, Willa Cather helped to orchestrate her own iconic status.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803260115
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Series: Cather Studies Series
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Reynolds is 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 Twentieth-Century American Women’s Fiction.
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Table of Contents


Editorial Policy     vii
Introduction: Willa Cather as Icon   Guy Reynolds     ix
A Commentary on An Explanation of America   Robert Pinsky     1
What Happens to Criticism When the Artist Becomes an Icon?   Elsa Nettels     3
Advertising Cather during the Transition Years (1914-1922)   Erika Hamilton     13
Willa Cather and Her Public in 1922   Janis P. Stout     27
A Portrait of an Artist as a Cultural Icon: Edward Steichen, Vanity Fair, and Willa Cather   Michael Schueth     46
Willa Cather and the Book-of-the-Month Club   Mark J. Madigan     68
"Two or Three Human Stories": O Pioneers! and the Old Testament   Jessica G. Rabin     86
Barbusse's L'enfer: A Source for "Coming, Aphrodite!" and "The Novel Demeuble"   Richard C. Harris     106
Recollecting Emotion in Tranquility: Wordsworth and Byron in Cather's My Antonia and Lucy Gayheart   Jonathon D. Gross     119
"Have I Changed So Much?": Jim Burden, Intertextuality, and the Ending of My Antonia   Timothy C. Blackburn     140
Shadows on the Rock: Against Interpretation   Richard H. Millington     165
Cather's Shadows: Solid Rock and Sacred Canopy   John J. Murphy     174
Cather's Secular Hamanism: Writing Anacoluthon and Shooting Out into the Eternities   Joseph R. Urgo     186
Subsequent Reflections on Shadows on the Rock   Richard H. Millington   John J. Murphy   Joseph R. Urgo     203
Cather, Freudianism, and Freud   John N. Swift     212
Cather's Medical Icon: Euclide Auclair, Healing Art, and the Cultivated Physician   Joshua Dolezal     229
The Dialectics of Seeing in Cather's Pittsburgh: "Double Birthday" and Urban Allegory   Joseph C. Murphy     253
Antithetical Icons? Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, and the First World War   Steven Trout     269
Icons and Willa Cather   Merrill Maguire Skaggs     288
"A Critic Who Was Worthy of Her": The Writing of Willa Cather: A Critical Biography   Robert Thicker     303
Contributors     329
Index     335
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