This is the first full-length study to address the complex issues involved in Cather's relationship to France and to the many French writers (Zola, Flaubert, Sand, France, Merimee, Loti, etc.) that keep cropping up in her literary and journalistic output. The author traces the intellectual and artistic roots that nourished Cather's writing and to examine the dynamic relationship between American and French literatures.
Dr. Stephanie Durrans is Associate Professor of English at the University of Bordeaux III, where she received her doctorate.
Foreword by James Woodress; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Romantic Landscapes: Reclaiming the Wilderness; Inner Realms of Adventure: Willa Cather's Search for a Voice of Her Own; Willa Cather's Pastoral Symphony: From O Pioneers! to My Antonia; Searching for New Models of Femininity in the Modern World; "The Road Is All": Willa Cather's Representation of History; The Era of Suspicion: Desire, Art and Religion; "The Thing Not Named": Willa Cather's Use of the French Language; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.