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Bohemia Meets Presbyteria - Aesthetics in Willa Cather's "Paul's Case"

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: "You must tell it in such a way that they don't know you're telling it, and that they don't know they're hearing it." Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark First published in her 1905 collection The Troll Garden, Willa Cather's early short stories are often described as fiction that predominantly deals with one overall grim topic: How an artist is undervalued by society, thus frustrated and finally destroyed by either his own depressions, society, or both (Carpenter 591). Those stories helped Cather, as Daiches claims, to justify her own status as a writer (146). However, "Paul's Case" is not about the bitter life of an artist; instead, I rather like to suggest that it mirrors Cather's ideas on the Bohemian lifestyle at her time and echoes her voice as a lesbian writer by revealing the strongly felt need to express a sexual deviancy that could not be expressed explicitly. As proven many years after the first publication of "Paul's Case," this text has, ironically gender-reversed, greatly contributed to the canon of male homosexual literature and thus deserves to be taken into queer account. A close reading of Paul's deviancy, I hope to prove, reflects the Bohemian ideology of Cather's time and shows that a mistreatment of deviant sexual identity is strongly in evidence. Indeed, "Paul's Case" offers its critic the possibility of various readings, a result which mainly roots in the author's profound "tension between concealment and revelation" (Stout 88). On the one hand, Cather's narrative indirection, her powerful silent rhetoric, questions the social construction of gender in her times; on the other hand, the author keeps this concern as a subtext to other motifs and thus makes it difficult to determine one overall explicit authorial statement. This circumstance m

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Titel: Bohemia Meets Presbyteria - Aesthetics in Willa Cather's "Paul's Case"
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EAN: 9783640784011
ISBN: 978-3-640-78401-1
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Grin Verlag
Genre: Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 24
Gewicht: 56g
Größe: H211mm x B146mm x T5mm
Jahr: 2010
Auflage: 3. Auflage
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