Video: "My Ántonia" by Willa Cather

Great American Novel Series

National Association of Scholars

“There was nothing but land; not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.”

What makes My Ántonia a great American novel? How did Cather's portrayal of the West, and of lower class people, depart from other popular novels of the day? Who influenced Cather's writings, and who did her writings influence?

This webinar features Jon Schaff, Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Public History and Civic Engagement at Northern State University, and Robert Thacker, Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and English at St. Lawrence University. You can find links to the speakers' books by clicking here.

The discussion is moderated by David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars.

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