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My Ántonia : authoritative text, contexts and backgrounds, criticism / Willa Cather ; edited by Sharon O'Brien, Dickinson College.

Author/Creator:
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947 author.
Publication:
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Series:
Norton critical edition.
A Norton critical edition
Format/Description:
Book
xxv, 506 pages ; 22 cm.
Subjects:
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. My Ántonia.
Czechs -- Nebraska -- Fiction.
Americanization -- Fiction.
Immigrants in literature.
Nebraska -- In literature.
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
My Ántonia (Cather, Willa).
Americanization.
Czechs.
Literature.
Novelists, American.
Nebraska.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
Fiction.
Summary:
"Set in the Nebraska landscape in a community evocative of Cather's own (Red Cloud), My Antonia tells the story of Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant, and Jim Burden, who like Cather was uprooted from Virginia to the Nebraska prairie. Antonia and Jim, like many of the other characters in this 1918 novel, are based on Cather's childhood friends. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the first published edition of the novel (1918). It is accompanied by explanatory footnotes, key illustrations, and introduction that gives readers an historical overview of both author and novel, and a note on the text. "Contexts and Backgrounds" is a rich collection of materials organized around the novel's central themes: "Autobiographical and Biographical Writings," "Letters," and "Americanization and Immigration." Willa Cather, Edith Lewis, Latrobe Carroll, Rose C. Feld, Guy Reynolds, Woodrow Wilson, Peter Roberts, Horace M. Kallen, Sarka B. Hrbkova, and Rose Rosicky, among others, are included. "Criticism" spans a century of scholarship on Willa Cather and My Antonia, from contemporary reviews by Henry Walcott Boynton, H. L. Mencken, and Elia W. Peattie to recent critical assessments by Terence Martin, Blanche Gelfant, Jean Schwind, Richard H. Millington, Susan Rosowski, Mike Fischer, Janis Stout, Marilee Lindemann, and Linda Joyce Brown. A chronology of Cather's life and work and a selected bibliography are also included" -- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Note on the text
The text of my Ántonia
Contexts and backgrounds
BIOGRAPHICAL AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS. Edith Lewis / My Ántonia
Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant / From Willa Cather: a memoir
Willa Cather talks of work
Latrobe Carroll / Willa Sibert Cather
W. D. Edson / A talk with Miss Cather
Eleanor Hinman / Interview with Willa Cather
Willa Cather raps language law and antles boxing regulations
State laws are cramping
Myrtle Mason / Nebraska scored for its many laws by Willa Cather
Rose C. Feld Restlessness such as ours does not make for beauty
LETTERS. Letters to and from family and friends
Letters from Anna Pavelka
Letters to and from Cather's publisher
Letters from readers
AMERICANIZATION AND IMMIGRATION. Willa Cather / Peter
Guy Reynolds / My Ántonia and the Americanisation debate
Helen Varick Boswell / Promoting Americanization
Woodrow Wilson / The meaning of citizenship
Peter Roberts / The problem of Americanization
Henry Pratt Fairchild / Americanization
Edward Alsworth Ross / American blood and immigrant blood
Horace M. Kallen / Democracy vs. the melting pot
Randolph Bourne / Trans-national America
Sarka B. Hrbkova / Bohemians in Nebraska
Rose Rosicky / Bohemian cemeteries in Nebraska
Willa Cather / Nebraska: the end of the first cycle
Criticism
CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS OF MY ÁNTONIA. New York Times book review article
My Nebraska Antonia
Two portraits
C. L. H. / Struggles with the soil
Booklist review
H[enry] W[alcott] Boynton / Bookman review
Randolph Bourne / Morals and art from the West
N. P. D[awson] / Miss Cather's My Ántonia
Independent review
H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken / Sunrise on the prairie: VII
H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken / Mainly fiction
Paper dolls or people?
C[arl] E[ric] Bechhofer / Impressions of recent American literature IV
Harry Hanson / The first reader: My Ántonia revised
Elia W. Peattie / Miss Cather writes exceptional novel in My Ántonia
MODERN CRITICAL REVIEWS. Terence Martin / The drama of memory in My Ántonia
Blanche H. Gelfant / The forgotten reaping-hook: sex in My Ántonia
Jean Schwind / The Benda illustrations to My Ántonia: Cather's "silent" supplement to Jim Burden's narrative
Richard H. Millington / Willa Cather and "The storyteller": hostility to the novel in My Ántonia
Susan J. Rosowski / Pro/creativity and a kinship aesthetic
Mike Fischer / Pastoralism and its discontents: Willa Cather and the burden of imperialism
Janis Stout / Coming to America / escaping to Europe
Marilee Lindemann / "It ain't my prairie": gender, power, and narrative in My Ántonia
Linda Joyce Brown / "This hideous little pickaninny" and the formation of Bohemian whiteness: race, cultural pluralism, and Willa Cather's My Ántonia
Willa Cather: a chronology.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
Contributor:
O'Brien, Sharon, editor.
ISBN:
9780393967906
0393967905
OCLC:
905667990
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