Willa Cather | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John J. Murphy

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Willa Cather.
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Critical Essay by John J. Murphy

SOURCE: “Willa Cather and the Literature of Christian Mystery,” in Religion & Literature, Vol. 24, No. 3, Autumn, 1992, pp. 39-56.

In the following excerpt, Murphy discusses Willa Cather and her belief in literature filled with mystery, free of “literalness.”

Contemporary literary climates seem alien to what I have to say about the writings of Willa Cather. There is a presumption of universal disbelief. The author of a recent book I was asked to review on rhetorical strategies of reticence in selected women novelists begins with the premise that the notion of silence as “a divine meaning surpassing and enfolding ours … has about it a ring of pious mustiness, the ring of a voice out of the past. And the reason for this is not trivial,” this “rhetorician...

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