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dc.contributor.authorMyers, Nathanael Jacob
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines Willa Cather s anti-materialism in the age of mechanical reproduction. The first chapter focuses primarily upon Cather s Pioneer novels. In them, Cather writes about the decline of the Pioneer aesthetic before the onslaught of machine-made materialism. The second chapter looks closely at Cather s treatment of the machine in her fictional works and how mass production standardizes and cheapens the aesthetic sensibilities of her characters. The third chapter connects Cather s aesthetics to Walter Benjamin s concept of aura. Benjamin seeks to redefine art in his essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction in order to match art with contemporary technologies. Cather upholds the classical notions of art with its emphasis on natural order, beauty, timelessness, etc.
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dc.subjectWilla Cather
dc.subjectWalter Benjamin
dc.subjectMass Production
dc.subjectThe Professor\'s House
dc.subjectOne of Ours
dc.subjectO Pioneers!
dc.titleLooking forward, looking back
dc.title.alternativeWilla Cather's aesthetic in the age of mechanical reproduction
dc.description.advisorHubert H. McAlexander
dc.description.committeeHubert H. McAlexander
dc.description.committeeFran Teague
dc.description.committeeHugh Ruppersburg

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