Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather
Edited by Joseph R. Urgo and Merrill Maguire Skaggs

About the Editors:
Joseph R. Urgo is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Hamilton College.

Merrill Maguire Skaggs is Baldwin Professor of the Humanities at Drew University.




From her childhood explorations with vivisection through her adult sense that human life was characterized by cyclical encounters with death and disaster, Willa Cather was devoted to making art in the face of violence. Twenty-three critics contribute to the fullest explication to date of Cather, violence, and the arts, exploring thematic representations of violence in war, suicide, sexual trauma, shame, and the rage as well as aesthetic responses to violence through literary choreographies and encounters with kind and unkind things.

Contents

A Note on the 2005 International Willa Cather Seminar
Joseph R. Urgo and Merrill Maguire Skaggs

Introduction: Existential Terror in Cather
Joseph R. Urgo

Part I: Violence

Over There from Over Here: Willa Cather, the Authorial Reader and One of Ours
Richard C. Harris

“Do Talk to Me”: Violent Deaths and Isolated Survivors in Cather’s Novels
Margaret Doane

Violence, Silence, and Privacy: The Problem of “Family Feeling” in Cather’s Late Fiction
Ann Romines

Violence and Childhood in Cather’s Fiction
Elsa Nettels

Touching the Note and Passing On: Violence in Cather’s Picture of the West
Janis P. Stout

Outland Over There: Cather’s Cosmopolitan West
Geneva M. Gano

From Larceny to Suicide: The Denny Case and “Paul’s Case”
Timothy W. Bintrim and Mark J. Madigan

She’s Not a Puzzle So Arbitrarily Solved: Willa Cather’s Violent Self-Construction
Robert Thacker

“At the Center of Her Mystery”: Sexual Trauma and Willa Cather
J. Gabriel Scala

Shame and Rage: A Generative Pairing in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark
Stephen Monroe

Cather’s Violent Assimilation of Henry James’s Art
Merrill Maguire Skaggs

Part II: Arts

“Kind Things”: Recessional Objects and Cather’s Materialism
John N. Swift

Cather’s “Elastigirls”: Reckoning with Sex/Gender Violence in Woman Artist Stories
Marilee Lindemann

Ernestine Schumann-Heink: The Diva in One of Ours
Becky Faber

Dancing behind the Veil: Willa Cather’s Literary Choreography in A Lost Lady
Wendy K. Perriman

Repatching the Tailor: Violence on Rosicky’s Urban Frontiers
Joseph C. Murphy

Subverting the Male Gaze: Willa Cather’s Lena Lingard and William Faulkner’s Lena Grove
Sarah C. Gardam

Violent Art, Sacred Art: Artists and Sacrifice in Willa Cather
Frances Zauhar

Violations and Fatal Apertures: Cather’s “Heathenish” Aesthetics
Michele Aina Barale

“I Like to Be Like a Man”: Female Masculinity in O Pioneers! and My Antonia
Daniel Worden

Prophecy, Violence, and the Old Order in the Archbishop
John J. Murphy

From Violence to Art: Willa Cather Caught in the Eddy
David H. Porter

Index

ISBN 978-0-8386-4157-6

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