Cather, Willa: Further Reading

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Arnold, Marilyn. Willa Cather: A Reference Guide Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall, 1986., 415 p.

Bibliography of Cather from the "Reference Guide to Literature" series.

Crane, Joan. Willa Cather: A Bibliography. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982.

Lists secondary sources on Cather.

Lathrup, JoAnna. Willa Cather: A Checklist of Her Published Writing. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1975, 118 p.

Bibliography of Cather and her works.


Bohlke, L. Brent and Sharon Hoover. Willa Cather Remembered, edited by Sharon Hoover. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002, 217 p.

Provides reflections on Cather's life and career.

Lee, Hermione. Willa Cather: A Life Saved Up. London: Virago, 1989, 409 p.

Offers an alternative interpretation to what has traditionally been described as Cather's conservatism, examining her life, language, and landscapes.

Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley. Willa Cather: A Memoir. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992, 312 p.

Biography of Cather, written as a memoir by a friend and admirer.

Stout, Janis P. Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000, 381 p.

Examination of Cather within the context of her era.

Wagenknecht, Edward. Willa Cather. New York: Continuum, 1994, 203 p.

A respected biography accompanied by lengthy analysis of Cather's fiction.

Woodress, James. Willa Cather: A Literary Life. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987, 583 p.

Utilizes Bernice Stole's noted collection of primary sources, alternating between details of Cather's life and examinations of her writing.


Acocella, Joan. Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

Explores how various branches of literary criticism, including feminist criticism, have at times claimed Cather as their own for political reasons.

Carlin, Deborah. Cather, Canon, and the Politics of Reading. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1992.

Argues that Cather's later works have been ignored due to her unconventional use of fictional forms and unsettling questions raised about sex, power, race, and class.

Gelfant, Blanche H. "The Forgotten Reaping-Hook: Sex in My Ántonia." American Literature 43, no. 1 (March 1971): 60-82.

Views Jim Burden as an unreliable narrator in My Ántonia, arguing for a new reading of the novel that includes discussion of Cather's ambivalence about sex.

Kaye, Frances W. Isolation and Masquerade: Willa Cather's Women. New York: Peter Lang, 1993, 204 p.

Discusses Cather's portrayal of women's experiences with men as mostly negative.

Motley, Warren. "The Unfinished Self: Willa Cather's O Pioneers! and the Psychic Cost of a Woman's Success." Women's Studies 12 (1986): 149-65.

Argues that Alexandra must become isolated and "psychologically deadened" to achieve success as a female pioneer.

O'Brien, Sharon. "'The Thing Not Named': Willa Cather as a Lesbian Writer." Signs 9, no. 4 (1984): 576-99.

Examines evidence of Cather's lesbianism and explores how her need to hide her sexuality affected her fiction writing.

Rosowski, Susan J. "Willa Cather's Women." Studies in American Fiction 9, no. 2 (autumn 1981): 261-75.

Explores the ways in which Cather portrays her female characters not only as feminine archetypes, but also as individual women.

——. "Writing against Silences: Female Adolescent Development in the Novels of Willa Cather." Studies in the Novel 21, no. 1 (spring 1989): 60-77.

Provides discussion of Cather's treatment of adolescence as a uniquely female experience.

Wasserman, Loretta. "The Lovely Storm: Sexual Initiation in Two Early Willa Cather Novels." Studies in the Novel 14, no. 4 (winter 1982): 348-58.

Finds Cather to have been a reticent person but not, as many critics have suggested, devoid of sensual feeling and interest.

Women's Studies 11, no. 3 (1984): 219-372.

Issue devoted to the study of women in Cather's works.


Additional coverage of Cather's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers; American Writers: The Classics, Vol. 1; American Writers Retrospective Supplement, Vol. 1; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 24; Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction: Biography & Resources, Vol. 1; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography, 1865-1917; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 104, 128; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 9, 54, 78, 256; Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series, Vol. 1; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-studied and Novelists; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Exploring Novels; Exploring Short Stories; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 3; Literature and Its Times Supplement, Ed. 1; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Modern American Women Writers; Novels for Students, Vol. 2; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; Short Stories for Students, Vols. 2, 7, 16; Short Story Criticism, Vols. 2, 50; Something about the Author, Vol. 30; Twayne's United States Authors; Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vols. 1, 11, 31, 99, 132; 20th Century Romance and Historical Writers; Twentieth-Century Western Writers, Ed. 2; and World Literature Criticism.

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