BOOK REVIEWS Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. By Joan Acocella. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. 128 pp. $25.00/$11.00 paper. Willa Cather and Others. By Jonathan Goldberg. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001. 230 pp. $54.95/$18.95 paper. Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World. By Janis P. Stout. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000. 382 pp. $36.00. Reviewed by Marilee Lindemann, University of Maryland Critically speaking, Willa Cather has turned into something of a crossover hit in recent years. In a period of hyper-specialization in literary study, when scholars devote themselves to ten- or fifteen-minute chunks of literary history, Cather continues to draw the attention of critics who would likely not self-identify as "Cather critics." (For the record, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternate Fridays, I would claim that label for myself, having published a book on Cather, prepared editions of two of her novels [with a third underway], and attended a number of Cather conferences. On other days, I'm a feminist, an Americanist, and/or a lesbian/gay/queer critic, depending on what's on my to-do list.) Of the three books under consideration here, two were written by those whose official areas of expertise are far afield of Cather studies.
Legacy – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 18, 2003