Willa Cather's the Song of the Lark by Debra L. Cumberland (Editor)

By Debra L. Cumberland (Editor)

Willa Cather's The tune of the Lark, the newest in Rodopi's discussion sequence, is a suite of 13 new essays exploring Cather's 1915 vintage novel concerning the coming-of-age of Thea Kronborg, a proficient younger opera singer. As in earlier versions within the discussion sequence, this quantity on Cather's novel bargains analyses by way of either new and rising students on complicated and debatable matters. particular components of concentration contain: the function of the West and the railroad, race and race kinfolk, the acting arts, in addition to Cather's advanced building of "culture" in the course of the novel. Thea's function as a potential feminist icon gets a clean, insightful glance, whereas different writers discover the character of present and gift-giving in addition to the novel's relation to different literary activities and genres. students and most of the people will welcome the methods those new serious insights supply a clean examine this sleek vintage.

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Willa Cather's the Song of the Lark

Willa Cather's The tune of the Lark, the most recent in Rodopi's discussion sequence, is a suite of 13 new essays exploring Cather's 1915 vintage novel in regards to the coming-of-age of Thea Kronborg, a talented younger opera singer. As in prior variants within the discussion sequence, this quantity on Cather's novel deals analyses through either new and rising students on advanced and arguable matters.

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Archie’s mind even before he enters the Kronborg household. The doctor has officially been summoned to help Mrs. Kronborg deliver her child, but he remembers that his “personal interest” in the family is Thea. While more or less just passively observing Mrs. Kronborg “perform” the “functions” of giving birth, he is instantly alerted by the sound of “rapid, distressed breathing” (SL 10), reminiscent of a woman in labor, but finds Thea who has fallen very ill in pneumonia. Dr. Archie attends to her with utmost care and although she has her chest and no other part of her body examined, it is as if the gynecological attention is subtly transferred from mother to daughter.

There is nothing to whiten the burden of its shames but the high whiteness of its ultimate perfection” (qtd. in Klimasmith 142). 10 While Cather does not specify that Edith has syphilis, her diagnosis of “general paresis” would have been a clue to her contemporary readers. For example, in his 1913 medical text General Paresis, Prof. Emil Kraepelin writes that the public “must regard syphilis as the only essential cause of paresis” (153). Furthermore, the neurological effects of this wasting disease resemble vicious parodies of Edith’s early “indecent” behavior, as symptoms were thought to include “the telling of lewd stories, the seeking of doubtful companions and shameless debauchery [and] more and more the impression of coarseness and unrestraint” (Kraepelin 15).

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