Cather Studies, Volume 9: 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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE - K. P.Ljungquist

"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
Great Plains Quarterly - Stefanie Heron

"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803237728
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Cather Studies Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


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

Editorial Policy vii

Introduction Melissa J. Homestead Guy J. Reynolds ix

1 Willa Cather in and out of Zane Grey's West John N .Swift 1

2 Thea's "Indian Play" in The Song of the Lark Sarah Cure 21

3 "Jazz Age" Places: Modern Regionalism in Willa Cather's The Professor's House Kelsey Squire 45

4 Changing Trains: Metaphors of Transfer in Willa Cather Mark A.R Facknitz 67

5 Chicago's Cliff Dwellers and The Song of the Lark Michelle E. Moore 93

6 Willa Cather and Henry Blake Fuller: More Building Blocks for The Professor's House Richard C.Harris 114

7 Cather's "Office Wives" Stories and Modern Women's Work Amber Harris Leichner 133

8 It's Mr. Reynolds Who Wishes It: Profit and Prestige Shared by Cather and Her Literary Agent Matthew Lavin 158

9 Thea at the Art Institute Julie Olin-Ammentorp 182

10 Art and the Commercial Object as Ekphrastic Subjects in ' The Song of the Lark and The Professor's House Diane Prenatt 204

11 "The Nude Had Descended the Staircase": Katherine Anne Porter Looks at Willa Carher Looking at Modern Art Janis P. Stout 225

12 "The Cruelty of Physical Things": Picture Writing and Violence in Willa Cather's "The Profile" Joyce Kessler 244

13 "Before Its Romanzas Have Become Street Music": Cather and Verdi's Falstaff, Chicago, 1895 John H. Flannigan 266

Contributors 289

Index 293

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