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Week 2

Willa Cather My Antonia (1918) 

Please read:

Sally Peltier Harvey. "Self, Community, and Success." Redefining the American Dream : The Novels of Willa Cather.  Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1995, 3-20.

Please come prepared to give a five-ten minute introduction to My Antonia. You might want to find out about & think about the following topics:
  • Cather's intervention in contemporary debates on immigration
  • Regionalism: the mid-west
  • Cather's treatment of The Westering Myth
  • Revision of classical legacies of pastoral and epic
  • Treatment of race
  • Frame narrative and implications of Jim as narrator
  • Depiction of the "hired girls"
  • How does Cather's text comment on American identity and "The American Dream"

 Please read my online lecture on the text.

You will find an annotated bilbiography here.