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Willa Cather : writing at the frontier /
Jamie Ambrose.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Berg ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the US and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1990.
description
xv, 173 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm. --
ISBN
0854966684
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Oxford ; New York : Berg ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the US and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1990.
isbn
0854966684
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1503505
 
Bibliography: p. 163-167.
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Ambrose (a free-lance writer and editor in London) contributes this brief review of Cather's life and art to Berg's women writers series, which presently includes--among other offerings--studies of Emily Dickinson, George Sand, and Simone de Beauvoir. It must be assumed that the series is intended chiefly for audiences with little or no knowledge of the writers surveyed and with only limited access to primary materials and criticism. Ambrose's study includes a useful chronology, a bibliography, and an index. Although S. O'Brien's Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice (CH, Nov'87) is mentioned in the introduction as of interest "to those who wish to follow a more overtly feminist approach," it is neither cited in the bibliography nor dealt with in the text. Other important recent studies receive no mention at all. This is unfortunate as they might have challenged the author to look beyond the bland, run-of-the-mill interpretive schemes she so diligently upholds. Jean Schwind's "The Benda Illustrations to My Antonia: Cather's Silent' Supplement to Jim Burden's Narrative" (PMLA 100, 1985: 51-67) would have encouraged a more subtle and intricate response to narrative point of view. S. Rosowski's The Voyage Perilous (CH, Jun'87) would have offered an important countervoice to the prevailing tone and drift of Ambrose's project. The present work does, however, have in its favor the foregrounding of Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940), a novel too often overlooked; less helpful are the extended plot summaries at least one of which, that of The Professor's House (1925), is downright misleading. Will likely prove useful for secondary school students and lower-division undergraduates. -D. Laird, California State University, Los Angeles

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