The Cambridge companion to Willa Cather /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Lindemann, Marilee.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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The most important Cather studies of the last 20 years are Susan Rosowski's The Voyage Perilous (CH, Jun'87) and the collection edited by John Swift and Joseph Urgo, Willa Cather and the American Southwest (CH, Dec'02, 40-2056). The present volume profits from having essays by those three scholars--their contributions are among the most valuable in the collection--but also other important studies: e.g., Richard Millington writes about Cather's awareness, unique among the writers of her time, of America's place in the world; Janis Stout takes up the role of her early criticism of music and drama in the development of her writing; Mark Madigan looks at her short stories. Some of the essays, notably those on Cather's lesbianism, are peripheral and have the effect of taking away from her broad humanity. And the discussion of Sapphira and the Slave Girl does not elevate that novel to the major status Toni Morrison claimed for it (e.g., in Playing in the Dark, CH, Oct'92, 30-0768). Though one notices the absence of treatment of A Lost Lady, one of Cather's masterpieces, this collection comprises a wide range of studies that reflect the main areas of contemporary interest in Cather. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections; all readers. J. B. Beston formerly, Nazareth College of Rochester

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