By Cather Studies, Susan J. Rosowski
The wide-ranging essays accumulated during this quantity of Cather stories learn Willa Cather’s specific creative dating to the surroundings. less than the theoretical rubric of ecocriticism, those essays specialise in Cather’s shut observations of the flora and fauna and the way the surroundings proves, for many of those participants, to be greater than easily a environment for her characters. whereas it really is yes that Cather’s novels and brief tales are deeply grounded in position, literary critics are just now contemplating how position features inside of her narratives and addressing environmental concerns via her writing. These essays reintroduce us to a Cather who's profoundly pointed out with the areas that formed her and that she wrote approximately: Glen A. Love bargains an interdisciplinary interpreting of The Professor’s condo that's scientifically orientated; Joseph Urgo argues that My ?ntonia versions a preservationist aesthetic within which panorama and reminiscence are inextricably entangled; Thomas J. Lyon posits that Cather had a residing feel of the biotic group and used nature because the common of excellence for human endeavors; and Jan Goggans considers the ways in which My ?ntonia shifts from nativism towards a “flexible concept of place-based community.”
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Ecocritical attention to corporeality in Cather’s writing would become aware of the bodies that Cather gives to her characters; it might also study representations of hands, aging, race, health and illness, diet, hygiene, physical disability and deformity, and physical labor. 11 A N I M A L S Recent years have witnessed a stampede of criticism and theory about animals. Animal studies become a means of examining construction of species; exploring the boundaries between human and nonhuman; thinking about the literary tropes of anthropomorphism and zoomorphism; interrogating cultural practices such as zoos, pet ownership, and ﬁlet mignon; studying processes of domination, demonization, and domestication; and raising fundamental questions about subjectivity and identity.
Winters, Laura. Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile. Selingsgrove pa: Susquehanna UP, 1993. A Guided Tour of Ecocriticism, with Excursions to Catherland C H E R Y L L G L O T F E L T Y My own journey to ecocriticism transpired via a series of environmentally preoccupied conference papers on Willa Cather. ” Both Glen and I urged that the time had come for literary scholars to respond more actively to the environmental crisis. Glen speculated that literary studies have remained indifferent to the environmental crisis in part because “our discipline’s limited humanistic vision” has led to a “narrowly anthropocentric view of what is consequential in life” (229).