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Willa Cather’s Promiscuous Fiction

Donal Harris

in On Company Time: American Modernism in the Big Magazines

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231177726
eISBN:
9780231541343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177726.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Willa Cather’s ideal of the “unfurnished novel,” while ostensibly a rejection of what she calls “machine-made fiction,”, emerges directly out of her editorial work for the most influential magazine ... More


Willa Cather and the New Woman’s “Un-Sentimental Sort of Success”

Lisa Mendelman

in Modern Sentimentalism: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198849872
eISBN:
9780191884283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198849872.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 1 discusses a paradigmatic New Woman narrative, Willa Cather’s 1915 The Song of the Lark, in which Cather ostensibly reclaims sentiment for the New Woman, only to place her female opera ... More


Partial to Opera: Sounding Willa Cather’s Empty Rooms

John Plotz

in Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474416368
eISBN:
9781474434591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416368.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

According to Walter Pater the absorbing qualities of music’s formal perfection mean that ‘all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.’ In her remarkable not-quite-kunstlerroman, The ... More


Willa Cather's Experiment in Luxury

Scott Herring

in Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226327907
eISBN:
9780226327921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327921.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses queer slumming and its mystery literatures, examining Michel Foucault's generalized claim that “the deployment of sexuality which first developed on the fringes of familial ... More


The Besieged Garden: Nature in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Willa Cather’s One of Ours

Jane Lilienfeld

in Virginia Woolf and the Natural World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533900
eISBN:
9781781382202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533900.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter perceives the connections between natural imagery and war in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway (1931) and Willa Cather's One of Ours. Both novels critique the visual propaganda of World War ... More


Our Lady of Art: Cather’s “Coming, Aphrodite!”

Thomas J. Ferraro

in Transgression and Redemption in American Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198863052
eISBN:
9780191895586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863052.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 5 examines Willa Cather’s neglected story, “Coming, Aphrodite” in light of her fascination with the bodily presentation that Camille Paglia would later call “sexual personae”—for which Cather ... More


Dipping Into Omniscience With Willa Cather: Authorial Knowledge as Love

George Toles

in Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780195384512
eISBN:
9780199350452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384512.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This essay reconsiders the much-maligned, "outmoded" novelistic device of omniscient narration. Toles examines the nature of narrative authority and considers the burdens (as distinct from the ... More


The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis

Melissa J. Homestead

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190652876
eISBN:
9780190652906
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190652876.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, Women's Literature

This book tells for the first time the story of the central relationship of novelist Willa Cather’s life, her nearly forty-year partnership with Edith Lewis. Cather has been described as a ... More


The Prosthetic Fantasies and Fallacies of Claude Wheeler: Outdoor Rehabilitation and the Limits of Self-Mechanization in Willa Cather’s One of Ours

Aaron Shaheen

in Great War Prostheses in American Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198857785
eISBN:
9780191890406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857785.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The chapter frames Willa Cather’s 1922 novel One of Ours within the context of the US government’s concern about wartime production’s depletion of American forests. Government rehabilitationists and ... More


Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History

Scott Herring

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226327907
eISBN:
9780226327921
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327921.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

At the start of the twentieth century, tales of “how the other half lives” experienced a surge in popularity. People looking to go slumming without leaving home turned to these narratives for ... More


No Forgiveness in Heaven, No Forgetting in Hell: Cather’s The Professor’s House

Thomas J. Ferraro

in Transgression and Redemption in American Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198863052
eISBN:
9780191895586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863052.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 7 argues that the word which brings the “nasty, grim little tale” of Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House to the surface is “sin” and that the hermeneutic that makes sense of the Professor’s ... More


Regionalism and the Literature of the Soil, 1928–1938

Charles Montgomery

in The Spanish Redemption: Heritage, Power, and Loss on New Mexico's Upper Rio Grande

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520229716
eISBN:
9780520927377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520229716.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores the mismatch between folklore and modern economic imperatives by investigating the literature of Spanish heritage in the 1920s and 1930s. It also describes how southwestern ... More


Pueblo Utopias

Miles Orvell

in Empire of Ruins: American Culture, Photography, and the Spectacle of Destruction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780190491604
eISBN:
9780197523285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190491604.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

The chapter expands upon the “Romance of Ruins” by considering the meaning of Native American ruins and the impact they have had on the idea of “American” culture. Early explorers like William Henry ... More


Refusing Middle Age

Dale M. Bauer

in Sex Expression and American Women Writers 1860–1940

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832301
eISBN:
9781469605647
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887691_bauer.7
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores the changes in how several American women writers—from Rebecca Harding Davis to Willa Cather—imagined the oversexualization of working women and then the undersexualization, ... More


Beyond Gender?: Extra(Ordinary)People Imagines a World without Feminism

Gwyneth Jones

in Joanna Russ

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042638
eISBN:
9780252051487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042638.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

“Beyond Gender?” examines projects Joanna completed, despite serious health problems, at the end of her career--including a semi-autobiographical, postrealist lesbian romance, On Strike against God ... More


On Company Time: American Modernism in the Big Magazines

Donal Harris

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231177726
eISBN:
9780231541343
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177726.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

American novelists and poets who came of age in the early twentieth century were taught to avoid journalism. It dulled creativity, rewarded sensationalist content, and stole time from “serious” ... More


Houses of the Spirit

John Gatta

in Spirits of Place in American Literary Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190646547
eISBN:
9780190646578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190646547.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Domiciles ordinarily represent the first space that humans occupy, structures through which they begin to realize their own being and relation to the larger world. It is also in and through houses ... More


Experiencing the Modernist Storymind: A Cognitive Reading of Narrative Space

Melba Cuddy-Keane

in Modernism and Close Reading

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198749967
eISBN:
9780191890871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198749967.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Criticism/Theory

The modernist storymind has long been associated with discontinuous and multidirectional time: mind time layered over clock time. This chapter’s argument is that, just as temporal experience in ... More


The American Short Story and the Prodigal Son

Alison M. Jack

in The Prodigal Son in English and American Literature: Five Hundred Years of Literary Homecomings

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198817291
eISBN:
9780191858819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817291.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The prevalence of the Prodigal Son paradigm in the American short story tradition is analysed as offering a perspective on issues of independence and identity. The significance of the personal change ... More


The Family Vacation

Emily Herring Wilson

in The Three Graces: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469635835
eISBN:
9781469635859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635835.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes the trip by automobile from Hyde Park to Roosevelt summer home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, that Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook took with ... More


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