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18th International Cather Seminar

18th International Cather Seminar

Thursday, June 24, 2021 to Sunday, June 27, 2021
The New School
72 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
“The City from Greenwich Village,” John Sloan, 1922. Public domain.

Willa Cather lived most of her professional writing life in New York (1906-1947), first in Greenwich Village and later, after she had risen to the top of the literary profession, on Park Avenue on the upper east side. Though Cather seldom wrote about the city, it was her home for nearly forty years and a key element of her personal and professional life.

We will hold the 18th International Cather Seminar right in the neighborhood where Cather lived between 1906-1932: Greenwich Village. In collaboration with The New School, we want to create a conference that explores the city Willa Cather knew, but also the city that was present around her, though perhaps not always visible to her. The goal is to intellectually locate Cather in the broader context of New York in the first half of the twentieth century, and, further, to imagine her work as a product of that urban experience.

Conference Leadership

Andy Jewell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Charmion Gustke, Belmont University
Carolyn Berman, The New School
Tracy Tucker, National Willa Cather Center