Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century, June 20-25, 2011

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Smith College and the Willa Cather Foundation present
The International Cather Seminar 2011
Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century
June 20-25, 2011
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Call for Papers
While we will, as always, welcome a broad array of approaches to Cather's writing, we hope via the work of the 13th International Seminar to examine the legacy of nineteenth century culture in Cather's life and work and to explore through her writing the transition from a Victorian to a modernist America. We envision this as a continuation and perhaps a complication or expansion of the conversation about the nature of Cather's modernism that emerged so fruitfully from the Chicago Seminar. Accordingly, The Seminar encourages papers that will address a wide range of intersections and connections between the full range of Cather's work and this pivotal cultural moment, including:
• Willa Cather and Nineteenth-Century Writers and Cultural Figures
• Willa Cather and Histories: of race, of sexuality, of class identity
• Willa Cather and intellectual ferment: the professions, the forms of knowledge, the new social sciences
• Willa Cather, the Slave Narrative, and the Antebellum South
• International Approaches to Teaching Cather
• Willa Cather and New England
The Seminar will take place on the campus of Smith College, in Northampton, MA, a setting replete with connections to Cather's life and work. We thus encourage papers that consider Cather and New England within the context of turn of the century culture. Diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged, as are proposals for sessions focused on exchange rather than formal presentation. Interested contributors should submit abstracts of 500 words with a cover letter and brief résumé by March 1, 2011. Papers should be 10-12 double-spaced pages for a 20 minute presentation time.
Seminar Co-Directors
Anne Kaufman
Milton Academy
Milton MA
Richard Millington
Smith College
Northampton MA