Chapter 18. Willa Cather's Entropology: Permanence and Transmission

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Guy J. Reynolds Professor General Editor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch18

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Reynolds, G. J. (2009) Willa Cather's Entropology: Permanence and Transmission, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch18

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Nebraska–Lincoln, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Willa Cather's entropology - permanence and transmission;
  • the “other side” of national narrative;
  • Crow Indians, Radical Hope (2006) - “cultural devastation”;
  • Cather - fascinated by energy, newness, and “youth”;
  • cultural loss - immanent in first two pioneer novels;
  • Cather's sense of history - cyclical rather than linear;
  • Cather's preoccupations with “permanence and transmission”;
  • cultural loss and anthropological and ethnographic drive of her imagination;
  • Cather books - works of “entropology”;
  • “Tom Outland's Story” - the heart of Cather's achievement

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading