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Willa Cather's symbolic use of the land.

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dc.contributor.author Douthit, Marjorie H.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-15T14:20:22Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-15T14:20:22Z
dc.date.created 1965 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-04-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3134
dc.description 99 leaves en_US
dc.description.abstract Willa Cather is considered one of America's best known female novelists. I, first, became interested in Miss Cather because of her mid-Western portrayal of character. Each of her characters is an artist in conflict with his limitations. To portray these types of characters, Miss Cather uses the land as a basic symbol. I chose, therefore, to investigate Miss Cather's land symbolism, because I had discovered that her symbolism in this category had not been thoroughly investigated. I soon found that she had employed the land symbol differently in four major areas of her works. In her early period of short stories and a first novel, Miss Cather used the land as a charaoter. She was, at this time, working under the influence of Henry James, and a direct correlation .can be shown between the techniques of these two authors. In her post-James period, Miss Cather presented her pioneer novels of Nebraska with a feministic viewpoint designed to show the conquering of an untamed wilderness. In her third area, developed after World War I, she used the land as a symbol of man's creative ability in contrast with the maching age that had brought disillusionment to man. In her past period, she employed the land as a symbol in her search for an identity, one that oenters around the topic of religion. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Cather, Willa, 1873-1947-Criticism and interpretation. en_US
dc.title Willa Cather's symbolic use of the land. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college las en_US
dc.advisor Charles E. Walton en_US
dc.department english, modern languages and literatures en_US

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