Course detail: OSH157 - Willa Cather: Stories of "American" Life
Today's news is dominated by stories on immigration. In all regions and across political ideologies, disagreements about who should be permitted to live here raise questions about democracy and justice. A century ago, Willa Cather published My Antonia, a novel that explores timely and timeless ideas: What does it mean to be "American"? Why uproot your families and travel long distances, only to face poverty and discrimination in an alien landscape? Why is immigration controversial in American history? In My Antonia, immigrants build homes, establish communities, triumph over adversity, and embody the "American Dream."We'll also review The Bohemian Girl, a Cather short story that also addresses immigration issues.