Willa Cather in Europe

Willa Cather in Europe

Her Own Story of the First Journey Willa Cather George Norbert Kates. years in Step by step we here can see a country - bred girl , a young schoolteacher who except for a few Pittsburgh had known only early childhood in rural Virginia ...

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803263333

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 196

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Willa Cather was twenty-eight years old in the summer of 1902 when she saw England and France for the first time. Behind her stretched the Nebraska fields of her childhood and still ahead of her the world as it belongs only to great writers. The 1902 journey, coming ten years before she made her literary mark with O Pioneers!, was unrepeatable, special in its effects on her artistic development. After disembarking at Liverpool, she toured the Shropshire country, got swallowed up by London, and then crossed the Channel to other skies—to Rouen, Paris, and the Riviera. These fourteen travel articles, written for a newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska, and eventually collected and published in book form in 1956, are striking for first impressions colored by a future novelist's feeling for history and for beauty in unexpected forms.
Categories: Literary Collections

Edith Wharton Willa Cather and the Place of Culture

Edith Wharton  Willa Cather  and the Place of Culture

Woodress, Willa Cather, 83; Washington, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 17–18, 88–89. Prenatt, “Negotiating Authority,” 70–71. Cather, Willa Cather in Europe, 94. See Woodress, Willa Cather, 161. Woodress, Willa Cather, 324; Lee, Edith Wharton ...

Author: Julie Olin-Ammentorp

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496216908

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

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Edith Wharton and Willa Cather wrote many of the most enduring American novels from the first half of the twentieth century, including Wharton’s The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and The Age of Innocence, and Cather’s O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop. Yet despite their perennial popularity and their status as major American novelists, Wharton (1862–1937) and Cather (1873–1947) have rarely been studied together. Indeed, critics and scholars seem to have conspired to keep them at a distance: Wharton is seen as “our literary aristocrat,” an author who chronicles the lives of the East Coast, Europe-bound elite, while Cather is considered a prairie populist who describes the lives of rugged western pioneers. These depictions, though partially valid, nonetheless rely on oversimplifications and neglect the striking and important ways the works of these two authors intersect. The first comparative study of Edith Wharton and Willa Cather in thirty years, this book combines biographical, historical, and literary analyses with a focus on place and aesthetics to reveal Wharton’s and Cather’s parallel experiences of dislocation, their relationship to each other as writers, and the profound similarities in their theories of fiction. Julie Olin-Ammentorp provides a new assessment of the affinities between Wharton and Cather by exploring the importance of literary and geographic place in their lives and works, including the role of New York City, the American West, France, and travel. In doing so she reveals the two authors’ shared concern about the culture of place and the place of culture in the United States.
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Willa Cather and European Cultural Influences

Willa Cather and European Cultural Influences

Cather's 1922 novel might seem more obviously contrasted with Virginia Woolf's own war novel of that year , Jacob's ... He contends that Willa Cather's imaginative response to Europe and European culture can only be understood in its ...

Author: Helen May Dennis

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105018359104

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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These essays open up debates about a number of Cather's texts, and suggest her stature as an American author much influenced by European culture and European immigrant culture in the US.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Willa Cather

Willa Cather

A Writer's Worlds Cather Studies John J. Murphy, Robert Thacker, Franöoise Palleau-Papin ... chocolate” (Willa Cather in Europe 141).2 The meanings expressed by Cather's inclusion of chocolate in the novel, however, are deeply nuanced, ...

Author: Cather Studies

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803230255

Category: Literary Criticism

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"The essays in Cather Studies, Volume 8 explore the many locales and cultures informing Willa Cather's fiction. A lifelong Francophile, Cather first visited France in 1902 and returned repeatedly throughout her life. Her visits to France influenced not only her writing but also her interpretation of other worlds; for example, while visiting the American Southwest in 1912, a region that informed her subsequent works, she first viewed that landscape through the prism of her memories of Provence. Cather's intellectual intercourse between the Old and the New World was a two-way street, moving both people and cultural mores between the two. But her worlds extended far beyond France, or even geographical locations. This new volume pairs Cather innovatively with additional influences---theological, aesthetic, even gastronomical---and examines her as tourist and traveler cautiously yet assiduoulsy exploring a diverse range of palces, ethnicities, and professions."--BOOK JACKET.
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Willa Cather

Willa Cather

New York : Vintage Books , 1956 . " With an article by George N. Kates on Miss Cather's last , unfinished , and unpublished ' Avignon ' story . " Crane AA4 . Adams 167 16 . Willa Cather in Europe : Her Own Story of the First Journey .

Author: John Joseph Murphy

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 0838641350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

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This book presents interprative approaches to Willa Cather based on materials available in the Drew University Cather Collection. The scholars suggest the work left to do on Willa Cather, and the diverse directions in which scholars now must travel.
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Willa Cather and Aestheticism

Willa Cather and Aestheticism

RISE OF THE BEAUX-ARTS An interest in European high culture stands at the heart of Willa Cather's relation to Aestheticism. Indeed, in her day there could be no other plausible route to Aestheticism than through Europe.

Author: Sarah Cheney Watson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781611475111

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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This collection of essays investigates the various connections between Willa Cather's fiction and her aesthetic beliefs and practices.
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Willa Cather and Modern Cultures

Willa Cather and Modern Cultures

In her introduction to Willa Cather and Material Culture, Stout argues that Cather's embrace of the material culture of her ... Her commentaries on the public sculpture and painting she viewed during her first trip to Europe in 1902 are ...

Author: Melissa J. Homestead

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803237728

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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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 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.ø
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Willa Cather

Willa Cather

In One of Ours , four years after My Ántonia , Cather reversed the direction of her concern with European cultural richness . Rather than Europeans who came to America seeking a better life , she wrote of the desire of the dissatisfied ...

Author: Janis P. Stout

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813933609

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 381

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Previous biographies of Willa Cather have either recycled the traditional view of a writer detached from social issues whose work supported a wholesome view of a vanished America, or they have focused solely on revelations about her private life. Challenging these narrow interpretations, Janis P. Stout presents a Cather whose life and quietly modernist work fully reflected the artistic and cultural tensions of her day. A product of the South--she was born in Virginia--Cather went west with her family at an early age, a participant in the aspirations of Manifest Destiny. Known for her celebrations of immigrants on the prairie, she in fact shared many of the ethnic suspicions of her contemporaries. Loved by a popular audience for her pieties of family and religion, she was in her youth a freethinker who resisted traditional patterns for women's lives, cutting her hair like a boy's and dressing in men's clothing. Seen by critics since the 1930s as a practitioner of an escapist formalism, she was, in Stout's view, profoundly ambivalent about most of the important questions she faced. Cather structured her writing to control her uncertainty and project a serenity she did not in fact feel. Cather has at times been viewed as a writer preoccupied with the past whose literary project had little to do with the intellectual currents of her time. On the contrary, Stout argues, Cather was a full participant in the doubts and conflicts of twentieth-century modernity. Only in recoil from her distress at these conflicts did she turn to overt celebrations of the past and construct a retiring, crotchety persona. The Cather that emerges from Stout's treatment is a modernist conservative in the mold of T. S. Eliot, though more responsive to her time and simultaneously less assured in her pronouncements. Cather's sexuality, too, is more complicated in Stout's version than previous biographers have allowed. Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World presents a woman and an artist who fully exemplifies the ambivalence, the foreboding, and above all the complexity that we associate with the twentieth-century mind.
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Encyclopedia of Women in the American West

Encyclopedia of Women in the American West

Cather, Willa. April Twilight and Other Poems. 1923. In Sharon O'Brien, ed., Stories, Poems, and Other Writings. ... Willa Cather in Europe, George N. Kates, ed. New York: Knopf, 1956. Cather, Willa. Willa Cather on Writing.

Author: Gordon Moris Bakken

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452265261

Category: History

Page: 408

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The Encyclopedia of Women of the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid-1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women profiled for the first time, the encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the public.
Categories: History

Willa Cather s Canadian and Old World Connections

Willa Cather s Canadian and Old World Connections

Willa Cather deep feeling for one woman and her lasting companionship with another " ( 10 ) . ... I get the impression that Lee would prefer to move Cather to Europe with the other expatriates and that she often sees Cather's middle ...

Author: Robert Thacker

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803263988

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 364

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Cather Studies 4 contains eighteen essays and elaborates a theme, ?Willa Cather?s Canadian and Old World Connections.? Such connections are central to Cather?s art and artistry. She transported much from the Old World to the New, shaping her antecedents to tell, in new ways, the stories of Nebraska, of the American Southwest, and especially of Quebec, in Shadows on the Rock. ø David Stouck details Cather?s numerous Canadian connections, Richard Millington treats her ?anthropological? re-creation of the cultural moment of seventeenth-century Quebec, and Franöois Palleau-Papin finds ?The Hidden French in Cather?s English.? A volume of lively and informed criticism, Cather Studies 4 vividly demonstrates Cather?s artistry and her work?s deep connections to the present cultural and critical moment.
Categories: Literary Criticism