By Willa Cather

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“No romantic novel ever written in the USA . . . is one part so appealing as My Ántonia.” —H. L. Mencken

Widely well-known as Willa Cather’s maximum novel, My Ántonia is a soulful and wealthy portrait of a pioneer woman’s uncomplicated but heroic lifestyles. The lively daughter of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia needs to adapt to a difficult lifestyles at the desolate prairies of the Midwest. Enduring youth poverty, teenage seduction, and relations tragedy, she ultimately turns into a spouse and mom on a Nebraska farm. A fictional list of ways girls helped forge the groups that shaped a state, My Ántonia can be a hauntingly eloquent social gathering of the energy, braveness, and spirit of America’s early pioneers.

Gordon Tapper is Assistant Professor of English at DePauw college. he's the writer of The computer That Sings: Modernism, Hart Crane, and the tradition of the Body, from Routledge.

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As Jewett suggested, Cather’s appreciation for her provincial “parish” would be made possible by her knowledge of the wider world, and Cather places Jim in a similar position. But if Jim represents a fictional alter ego who allows Cather to observe her own return to the past from the “standpoint of the looker-on,” Cather begins the novel by very explicitly distinguishing herself from her narrator. Cather revisits her Nebraska childhood in several of her early novels, but it is only in My Ántonia that she creates an intriguing dialogue between herself and one of her characters, which occurs in a brief introductory section of the novel.

One dream I dreamed a great many times, and it was always the same. I was in a harvest-field full of shocks, and I was lying against one of them. Lena Lingard came across the stubble barefoot, in a short skirt, with a curved reaping-hook in her hand, and she was flushed like the dawn, with a kind of luminous rosiness all about her. ” I used to wish I could have this flattering dream about Antonia, but I never did (pp. 135-136). Here Jim does indeed regret that Antonia remains out of erotic reach, but the reader must supply much of the meaning that informs this regret, since Jim remains quite reticent about his inner life.

Once Ántonia is discovered by these other young men, Jim begins to describe her in more overtly erotic terms: “She was lovely to see, with her eyes shining, and her lips always a little parted when she danced” (p. 134). But if Ántonia’s appeal for Jim acquires a new dimension, Cather also undercuts the romantic plot with an almost farcical scene that dramatizes both the depth of Jim’s attachment to Ántonia and the limits of their intimacy. ” A moment later she drew her face away and whispered indignantly, “Why, Jim!

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