Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Synopsis

EXPANDING on her absorbing and controversial 1995 New Yorker article, Joan Acocella examines the politics of Willa Cather criticism: how Cather's work has been seized upon and often distorted by critics on both the left and the right. Acocella argues that the central element of Cather's works was not a political agenda but rather a tragic vision of life. This beautifully written book makes a significant contribution to Cather studies and at the same time points out the follies of political criticism in the study of all literature.
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