Willa Cather’s American Pioneers

$1,600.00

Willa Cather painted the Midwestern and Western landscapes of America—and the characters shaped by those settings—with unmatched vividness. In this seminar we will discuss three of Cather’s masterpieces, considering both how Cather’s portraits of Americans wrestling with their identities spoke to her own time, and how they continue to speak to ours.

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LEADER

Nancy Carr is a writer, editor and discussion leader with many years of experience at the Great Books Foundation. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and especially loves Victorian and 20th-century novels. Nancy is drawn to Willa Cather for the beauty of Cather’s prose and her ability to combine incisive character analysis with compassion.

BOOKS

My Antonia, by Willa Cather
(Dover Thrift Editions, 1994)
ISBN-13: 978-048628240-4

The Professor’s House, by Willa Cather
(Dover Thrift Editions, 2021)
ISBN-13: 978-048684528-9

Participants are required to obtain the specified edition to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion.

Willa Cather painted the Midwestern and Western landscapes of America—and the characters shaped by those settings—with unmatched vividness. In this seminar we will discuss three of Cather’s masterpieces, considering both how Cather’s portraits of Americans wrestling with their identities spoke to her own time, and how they continue to speak to ours.

In My Ántonia (1918) Cather creates the indomitable Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian girl who immigrates to Nebraska and captivates her young neighbor Jim Burden. Years after leaving Nebraska, Burden recreates Antonia’s story in an effort to understand the effect she has had on his life.

The Professor’s House (1925) also confronts questions of identity and history, as Godfrey St. Peter nears retirement and looks back at his family life and his students. For him, recollecting the story of his favorite student, Tom Outland, leads him to reassess his own life and choices.

“Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.”
—Willa Cather, My Antonia

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