Abstract

Willa Cather's noted convictions about privacy existed in tension with her more recently understood engagement in self-publicity. This tension is mirrored in her ambivalent thinking about the genres of biography and autobiography. The two genres became a deeply conflicted site for her, and one that often produced self-contradictions. Although Cather took steps to preserve her privacy late in life, she also manifested impulses toward self-writing.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 467-492
Launched on MUSE
2009-10-28
Open Access
No
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