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Cather Studies, Volume 8, Cather Studies, Volume 8, 0803230257, 0-8032-3025-7, 978-0-8032-3025-5, 9780803230255, Edited by John J. Murphy, Francoise Palleau-Papin, and Robert Thacker , Cather Studies, Cather Studies, Volume 8, 0803234201, 0-8032-3420-1, 978-0-8032-3420-8, 9780803234208, Edited by John J. Murphy, Francoise Palleau-Papin, and Robert Thacker , Cather Studie

Cather Studies, Volume 8
Willa Cather: A Writer's Worlds
Edited by John J. Murphy, Françoise Palleau-Papin, and Robert Thacker 

2010. 492 pp.
27 illustrations
$40.00 s

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 assiduously exploring a diverse range of places, ethnicities, and professions.

John J. Murphy is a professor emeritus at Brigham Young University. He is the volume editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of Death Comes for the Archbishop (Nebraska 1999) and coeditor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of Shadows on the Rock (Nebraska 2005). Françoise Palleau-Papin teaches American literature at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle and is the author of This Is Not a Tragedy: The Works of David Markson. Robert Thacker is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and English at St. Lawrence University. He is the author of The Great Prairie Fact and Literary Imagination and the coeditor of Cather Studies, Volume 4: Willa Cather’s Canadian and Old World Connections (Nebraska 1999).
Contributors: Manuel Broncano, Marc Chénetier, Joshua Dolezal, Mathieu Duplay, Stéphanie Durrans, Evelyn I. Funda, Cristina Giorcelli, Richard C. Harris, Melissa J. Homestead, Andrew Jewell, Jean-François Leroux, Mark Madigan, Ann Moseley, John J. Murphy, Joseph C. Murphy, Elsa Nettels, Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Françoise Palleau-Papin, Charles A. Peek, David H. Porter, Diane Prenatt, Ann Romines, Janet Sharistanian, Merrill Maguire Skaggs, John N. Swift, Robert Thacker, and Joseph Urgo.

"Cather Studies continues to assemble and inspire the most well-informed writing on Willa Cather's life and literature. The twenty-three essays in this volume further elevate Cather's reputation for meticulous attention to detail when presenting various cultures in her fiction."—Derek Driedger, Great Plains Quarterly

"Cather Studies has long been the repository of worthwhile scholarship, and this eighth volume does not disappoint. Catherians who missed the European seminar will learn much from this readable, revelatory, and elegantly designed volume."—Timothy W. Bintrim, Western American Literature

The series Cather Studies is sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in cooperation with the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation.

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