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posted on 30.03.2017, 14:34 by Catherine Morley
This essay argues that the American regionalist writer Willa Cather was deeply influenced by Dutch Golden Age painters in the compositional strategies of her short stories. Looking at Cather's ‘Coming, Aphrodite!’ (1920), the essay examines the geometric composition of the work, the orthogonal planes used throughout it, and the symbolism of the story to argue that it offers a self-conscious visual experience. The essay makes the case that Cather's transcultural and trans-generic experimentation lifts her literary reputation from the ‘local colour’ or regionalist demarcation and sets her firmly among her modernist peers.

History

Citation

Modernist Cultures, 2016, 11(1), pp. 118-136 (18)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of English

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Modernist Cultures

Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

issn

2041-1022

eissn

1753-8629

Copyright date

2016

Available date

30/03/2017

Publisher version

http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/mod.2016.0128

Language

en