Supplanting old world nature with new world architecture: Willa Cather’s death comes for the archbishop

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dc.contributor.advisor Mix, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Mendenhall, Michael R.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-23T14:42:19Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-23T14:42:19Z
dc.date.issued 2020-12-19
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/202679
dc.description.abstract This research project focuses on Willa Cather’s 1927 novel, Death Comes from the Archbishop. The author argues that Cather’s protagonist, Father (later Archbishop) Latour seeks to erect an extraordinary edifice of faith in the New Mexico Territory, not only to establish a church, but also to import a representation of the Old World to the New World. Importing a semblance of European models of beauty and reverence to the parched Southwest of the New Mexico Territory might be a vision whose reach exceeds its grasp, but for a dogged French immigrant priest, it is his time to stretch out his hand and touch the finger of God. In Cather’s juxtaposition of established religion (Roman Catholicism) and aesthetic against the indigenous beliefs and designs of the Southwest engenders exertion of the body and the mind, more often out of sync than in lockstep in this novel. Father Latour must uncover a pathway between the tension of the Old and New Worlds and to build a hallowed space where both can coexist. In this narrative, Cather grapples with the tensions of Euro-American modernity, exploring the ways that old systems of belief and design can and cannot coexist with the changes of a new era. en_US
dc.title Supplanting old world nature with new world architecture: Willa Cather’s death comes for the archbishop en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.) en_US


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