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Willa Cather and Dutch Golden Age Painting

Willa Cather and Dutch Golden Age Painting <jats:p> 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. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Willa Cather and Dutch Golden Age Painting

Modernist Cultures , Volume 11 (1): 118 – Mar 1, 2016

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2016
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2016.0128
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Abstract

<jats:p> 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. </jats:p>

Journal

Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2016

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