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Willa Cather: Queering America (Between Men--Between Women)

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An enlightening unpacking of Cather's writings, from her controversial love letters of the 1890s--in which "queer" is employed to denote sexual deviance--to her epic novels, short stories, and critical writings.

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Although it has been proven posthumously by scholars that Willa Cather had lesbian relationships, she did not openly celebrate lesbian desire, and even today is sometimes described as homophobic and misogynistic. What, then, can a reassessment of this contentious first lady of American letters add to an understanding of the gay identities that have emerged in America over the past century? As Marilee Lindemann shows in this study of the novelist's life and work, Cather's sexual coming-of-age occurred at a time when a cultural transition was recasting love between women as sexual deviance rather than romantic friendship. At the same time, the very identity of America was characterized by great instability as the United States emerged as a modern industrial nation and imperial power. Indeed, both terms, queer and America, achieved fresh ideological potency at the turn of the century. Willa Cather: Queering America is an enlightening unpacking of Cather's writings, from her controversial love letters of the 1890s--in which queer is employed to denote sexual deviance--to her epic novels, short stories, and critical writings. Lindemann points to the queer qualities of Cather's fiction--rebellion against traditional fictional form, with sometimes unlikable characters, lack of emphasis on heroic action, and lack of engagement in the drama of heterosexual desire.

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ISBN:
9780231113250
Author:
Lindemann, Marilee
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Homosexuality and literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Love-letters
Subject:
Cather, Willa
Subject:
Cather, willa, 1873-1947
Subject:
Love-letters -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Sexual orientation in literature.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Series:
Between Men--Between Women
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.01x6.03x.44 in. .65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Although it has been proven posthumously by scholars that Willa Cather had lesbian relationships, she did not openly celebrate lesbian desire, and even today is sometimes described as homophobic and misogynistic. What, then, can a reassessment of this contentious first lady of American letters add to an understanding of the gay identities that have emerged in America over the past century? As Marilee Lindemann shows in this study of the novelist's life and work, Cather's sexual coming-of-age occurred at a time when a cultural transition was recasting love between women as sexual deviance rather than romantic friendship. At the same time, the very identity of America was characterized by great instability as the United States emerged as a modern industrial nation and imperial power. Indeed, both terms, queer and America, achieved fresh ideological potency at the turn of the century. Willa Cather: Queering America is an enlightening unpacking of Cather's writings, from her controversial love letters of the 1890s--in which queer is employed to denote sexual deviance--to her epic novels, short stories, and critical writings. Lindemann points to the queer qualities of Cather's fiction--rebellion against traditional fictional form, with sometimes unlikable characters, lack of emphasis on heroic action, and lack of engagement in the drama of heterosexual desire.
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