Willa Cather | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert J. Nelson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Willa Cather.
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Critical Essay by Robert J. Nelson

SOURCE: Nelson, Robert J. Willa Cather and France: In Search of the Lost Language, pp. 54–61, 98–104, 127–30. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988.

In the following excerpt, Nelson explores the role of immigrants in Cather's stories, asserting that these characters represent Cather's struggle with the principles of American materialism.

“flavia and Her Artists” (1905)

In her “researches” into the life of the prairie which was to become the cosmopolis of so many of her early stories and early novels, Willa Cather offers what the contemporary French geneticist Albert Jacquard sees as the chief lesson of the workings of human biology: a “eulogy of difference.”1 For Cather that eulogy is due to the multilingual, multicultural demographics of the Nebraska and its avatars in which she sets her prairie...

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