Willa Cather's relationship to My Antonia
(1918) as expressed in letters to Houghton Mifflin, her first publisher, evince a contradictory mingling of power and powerlessness.
is one of best-loved classics of American literature, read by generations of American high school students with good reason.
It is with this point of departure in mind that I propose a reading of Willa Cather's My Antonia
as a travel narrative of sorts, one that emerges from the reverie of railway travel to consider the intersecting discourses of nationality, class and gender within the settlement of the American West.
Of all Gather's novels, My Antonia
is perhaps her most thorough as well as her most intricate representation of the processes and effects of memory, both personal and collective.
Marilee Lindemann's Willa Cather: Queering America and the volume of new essays on My Antonia
edited by Sharon O'Brien are examples of the lively and fertile state of Cather studies at century's end.
1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Antonia
(1918), Cather's central characters are consistently portrayed as foreign, other.
Many critics consider My Antonia
to be Cather's finest achievement.
is notable particularly for its lucid and moving depictions of the prairie and the people who live close to it--the farmers whose lives are controlled by storm and drought and the spring rains.
is the story of a Bohemian girl whose family came from the Old Country to settle on the open prairies of Nebraska.
is notable particularly for its lucid and moving depiction of the prairie and the lives of those who live close to it.
A separate reading group will discuss Willa Cather's classic, My Antonia
Storytelling, narrative viewpoint, and regional geography form a popular and theoretically rich nexus in the critical debates surrounding Willa Cather's My Antonia