Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism In this brilliant impassioned and controversial book New Yorker critic Joan Acocella argues that twentieth century literary critics from the Left and Right have misused Willa Cather and her works fo

  • Title: Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism
  • Author: Joan Acocella
  • ISBN: 9780375712951
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this brilliant, impassioned and controversial book, New Yorker critic Joan Acocella argues that twentieth century literary critics from the Left and Right have misused Willa Cather and her works for their own political ends, and, in doing so, have either ignored or obscured her true literary achievement In an acute and often very funny critique of the critics, AcocellaIn this brilliant, impassioned and controversial book, New Yorker critic Joan Acocella argues that twentieth century literary critics from the Left and Right have misused Willa Cather and her works for their own political ends, and, in doing so, have either ignored or obscured her true literary achievement In an acute and often very funny critique of the critics, Acocella untangles Cather s reputation from decades of politically motivated misreadings, and proposes her own clear headed view of Cather s genius At once a graceful summary of Cather s life and work, and a refreshing plea that books be read for themselves, Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism will also inspire readers to return to one of America s great novelists.

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    1. In which Joan Acocella criticizes Cather critics for projecting their own biases and agendas onto Cather's novels by projecting her own bias and agenda onto their criticism.Let me tell you, I am all about interrogating critical methodologies and conventional wisdom and the ivory tower party line. I am preparing to write a dissertation that asks a lot of the same questions Acocella does about how we fold authors and books into queer and feminist canons. But holy jeez. This book is bananas. At one [...]

    2. I read this book when it first came out and had a hard time not arguing against some of Acocella's assertions, particularly her stance against feminist academics, which is the heart of this book. After this second reading it still seems like Acocella has an axe to grind against feminist academics, particularity those who claim Cather as a lesbian. I'm personally quite happy that Cather has been claimed as a lesbian. This book gives the reader an idea of how Cather's reputation has ebbed & fl [...]

    3. How WC was coopted by lesbian feminist theory. My mother (in her late 70s at the time) was teaching a course on Cather, and going to conferences in Santa Fe and Nebraska.

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