Cather Studies, Volume 11: Willa Cather at the Modernist Crux

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U of Nebraska Press, 2017 - Literary Criticism - 384 pages
Willa Cather at the Modernist Crux examines Willa Cather’s position in time, in aesthetics, and in the world. Born a Victorian in 1873, Cather made herself a modernist through the poems, stories, and novels she wrote and published into the twentieth century. Beginning with a prologue locating Cather’s position, this volume of Cather Studies offers three sets of related essays.

The first section takes up Cather’s beginnings with her late nineteenth-century cultural influences. The second section explores a range of discernible direct connections with contemporary artists (Howard Pyle, Frederic Remington, and Ernest Blumenschein) and others who figured in the making of her texts. The third section focuses on The Song of the Lark, a novel that confirms Cather’s shift westward and elaborates her emergent modernism. An epilogue by the editors of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather addresses how the recent availability of these letters has transformed Cather studies. Altogether, these essays detail Cather’s shaping of the world of the early twentieth century and later into a singular modernism born of both inherited and newer cultural traditions.
 
 

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Contents

Gifts from the Museum
1
The Compatibility of Art and Religion
19
Willa Cathers Revision of the Alice
43
Spectacles of the Nation
64
Willa Cather Howard Pyle and The Precious Message
93
Willa Cathers
113
Willa Cather Ernest L Blumenschein and The Painting
132
From The Song of the Lark to Lucy Gayheart
149
Pittsburgh
188
The 1940 French Edition
214
Elements of Modernism in The Song of the Lark
229
Reading
253
Cognitive Science
271
Women and Vessels in The Song of the Lark
289
The Difference That Letters Make
303
Contributors
327

Prostitution
170
A Lost Lady
179

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About the author (2017)

Ann Moseley is the William L. Mayo Professor and professor emerita of literature and languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce. John J. Murphy is professor emeritus at Brigham Young University. Robert Thacker is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and English at St. Lawrence University.

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