Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War Steven Kirk Trout

ISBN: 9780803244429

Published: December 1st 2002

Hardcover

225 pages


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Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War  by  Steven Kirk Trout

Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War by Steven Kirk Trout
December 1st 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 225 pages | ISBN: 9780803244429 | 10.40 Mb

Memorial Fictions offers a major reassessment of Willa Cathers career and artistic achievements, provides a plethora of information on popular culture during and immediately after the Great War, and demonstrates the importance of literature as aMoreMemorial Fictions offers a major reassessment of Willa Cathers career and artistic achievements, provides a plethora of information on popular culture during and immediately after the Great War, and demonstrates the importance of literature as a cultural forum for addressing issues and ideas fundamental to American culture.Based on extensive archival research and a variety of scholarly sources drawn from several disciplines, Steven Trout shows how Cathers analysis of the First World War in One of Ours and The Professors House represents a considerable accomplishment, one worthy of standing next to her groundbreaking treatment of Nebraska settlers in O Pioneers!

and My Ántonia and her virtual reinvention of the historical novel in Death Comes for the Archbishop and Shadows on the Rock. Furthermore, he argues that Cathers First World War–related fiction deserves consideration alongside such established classics as Ernest Hemingways A Farewell to Arms, Erich Maria Remarques All Quiet on the Western Front, and Vera Brittains Testament of Youth.Though awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, One of Ours was a frequently maligned and misunderstood book.

Contemporary male reviewers reviled the work, and it has been Cathers most neglected novel among later generations of readers and scholars. Trout not only reevaluates the impact of the First World War on Cathers fiction but also demonstrates that One of Ours, far from representing a dubious achievement within the Cather canon, renders the American experience of the war with prophetic insight and considerable imaginative vigor. He also offers a detailed reappraisal of The Professors House, showing it to be a novel haunted by the phantomlike presence of the Great War.



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