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Willa Cather and the American Southwest


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List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments John N. Swift and Joseph R. Urgo - Introduction: Literate Tourism and Cather's Southwest 1. On Mesa Verde 1 John N. Swift - Unwrapping the Mummy: Cather's Mother Eve and the Business of Desire 2 Ann Fisher-Wirth - Anasazi Cannibalism: Eating Eden 3 Matthias Schubnell - From Mesa Verde to Germany: The Appropriation of Indian Artifacts as Part of Willa Cather's Cultural Critique in The Professor's House 4 Marilee Lindemann - Fear of a Queer Mesa?: Faith, Friendship, and National Sexuality in "Tom Outland's Story" 5 John J. Murphy - Holy Cities, Poor Savages, and the Science Culture: Positioning The Professor's House 2. The Professor's House 6 Richard H. Millington - The Experience of Meaning in The Professor's House 7 Merrill Maguire Skaggs - Cather and the Father of History 8 Tom Quirk - Twain and Cather, Once Again 3. Death Comes for the Archbishop 9 Mary Chinery - Willa Cather and the Santos Tradition in Death Comes for the Archbishop 10 Christopher Schedler - Writing Culture: Willa Cather's Southwest 11 Manuel Broncano - Landscapes of the Magical: Cather's and Anaya's Explorations of the Southwest 12 Joseph R. Urgo - Multiculturalism as Nostalgia in Cather, Faulkner, and U.S. Culture David Harrell Afterword: From The Professor's House to the Roundhouse--and Beyond Works Cited; Contributors; Index

About the Author

John N. Swift is a professor of English and comparative literary studies at Occidental College. He is the president of the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Foundation. Joseph R. Urgo is a professor and the chair of the Department of English at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of In the Age of Distraction and Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration.


"The essays in this engaging volume take on the wide geographical and cultural landscape of the two 1920s novels [The Professor's House and Death Comes for the Archbishop]... German anthropology, New Mexican folk art, Anasazi cannibalism, the Smithsonian Museum, and 'sentimental nationality' are just a few of the areas explored by the intrepid contributors." - Choice"

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