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The 15th International Willa Cather Seminar
Fragments of Desire: Cather and the Arts
Hosted by the Willa Cather Foundation and University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Red Cloud and Lincoln, Nebraska
June 5-11, 2015
"It had come all the way; when men lived in caves, it was there. A vanished race; but along the trails, in the stream, under the spreading cactus, there still glittered in the sun the bits of their frail clay vessels, fragments of their desire."
- Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark (1915)
In the centenary year of Cather’s The Song of the Lark, the Willa Cather Foundation (Red Cloud, Nebraska) and the Cather Project (University of Nebraska−Lincoln) invite paper proposals relating to our theme: “Cather and the Arts.” This will be a seminar based in the two prominent places of Cather’s Nebraska experience —Red Cloud and Lincoln.
The conference will focus on Cather’s engagement with, love of, investment in, and representation of art forms beyond the fiction to which she dedicated herself. We are interested in exploring Cather’s fascinations with performance (music, and especially opera), and the visual arts. Topics for consideration might include: voice and performance; European music/American setting; classical and folk forms of music; the female performer; Cather and image-making; Cather and French art; photography; collecting and exhibiting; craft object and the art object, “high” art and “low” art. Papers with diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged.
The seminar will open with three days in Red Cloud where participants will stay in motels, bed and breakfasts, or private homes. The second phase of the seminar will be in Lincoln on the University campus. Participants may stay on campus in the dormitories or make arrangements at nearby hotels. Paper presentations will be on campus, along with the keynote speaker and special events. If needed, travel assistance between the two sites will be available (2.5 hours each way).
For further information visit www.cather.unl.edu and www.willacather.org or call the Willa Cather Foundation at 402-746-2653.