Idaho Humanities Council Lecture Series
Tue., July 24, 1:30 p.m. 2012
Boise State University Political Science Professor Scott Yenor will present Willa Cather's Turns. Yenor will examine several phases of Cather’s career. After defending commercial culture in O Pioneers! and My Ántonia, her other novels, especially her 1921 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel One of Ours, diagnose an unmediated split in the Western world illustrated by the experience of the Great War and how bourgeois commercial culture undermines aspirations for human greatness. Yenor will explain how Cather’s later novels deepen this diagnosis and offer a way out in a return to a rooted community of believers living in the shadows of the Church.