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Title: Willa Cather and Dutch Golden Age Painting
Authors: Morley, Catherine
First Published: Feb-2016
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Citation: Modernist Cultures, 2016, 11(1), pp. 118-136 (18)
Abstract: This essay argues that the American regionalist writer Willa Cather was deeply influenced by Dutch Golden Age painters in the compositional strategies of her short stories. Looking at Cather's ‘Coming, Aphrodite!’ (1920), the essay examines the geometric composition of the work, the orthogonal planes used throughout it, and the symbolism of the story to argue that it offers a self-conscious visual experience. The essay makes the case that Cather's transcultural and trans-generic experimentation lifts her literary reputation from the ‘local colour’ or regionalist demarcation and sets her firmly among her modernist peers.
DOI Link: 10.3366/mod.2016.0128
ISSN: 2041-1022
eISSN: 1753-8629
Links: http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/mod.2016.0128
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/39609
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Edinburgh University Press. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of English

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