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Thanks so much for the sources, Liz Wells!

Susan
Susan Lynn Meyer
Department of English, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA 02481
www.susanlynnmeyer.com

Recent books:
*Matzah Belowstairs *(Lerner, Kar-Ben Books 2019).
*Skating with the Statue of Liberty *(Penguin Random House 2016).
*New Shoes* (Holiday House 2015).

Recent awards:
New York State Charlotte Award.
Jane Addams Peace Award.
NAACP Image Award Nominee.



On Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 6:13 PM Marilyn Callander <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Dear Janis,
>      I’m in total agreement.  Many years ago (I’m 85 and have been retired
> for some time) a student was writing a dissertation on racism in Willa
> Cather.  I tried to be fair and neutral, but I was deeply upset.  Of course
> it’s there, but that’s true of so many of the fine writers of the period.
> The best I could do was to say that there’s so much richness in Cather that
> I would have preferred he had chosen a different topic.
>      I fretted about this situation for years, worried about what it says
> about me.  But can we go back and apply the standards of today, with all we
> have learned in the past decades, to the great writers of the past?  I
> don’t have the answer.
>          Kindest regards,
>                Marilyn Berg Callander
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Jul 20, 2019, at 9:16 PM, Janis stout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> I think it is both appropriate and important for us to recognize in the
> works and the lives of long-dead writers what is there and what isn't, and
> to read those things in the light of both what we have learned in the
> interim and what we may have lost. That is, I think it is our
> responsibility both to judge them--i.e., evaluate them--and to let them
> teach us.
>
> Oh what a dismissive phrase that "politically correct" is! Surely we all,
> whatever our politics, hold those political views because we think they are
> the most nearly correct ones, so far as we are able to discern.
>
> Janis Stout
> Professor Emerita of English,
> Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost Emerita,
> Texas A&M University
>
> Sent from Janis's iPad
>
> On Jul 20, 2019, at 5:37 PM, Robert Garnett <[log in to unmask]
> <[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
> I wonder if it’s a good idea to subject long-dead writers of a different
> era to the politically correct standards of today. “Judge not, that ye be
> not judged” perhaps applies.
>
>
>
> Robert Garnett
>
> Professor Emeritus of English
>
> Gettysburg College
>
>
>
> *From:* 5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars <
> [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>> *On Behalf
> Of *Betty Jean
> *Sent:* Saturday, July 20, 2019 5:20 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> *Subject:* Re: [5BANKSTREET] Cather for our time . . . again
>
>
>
> I agree that Bret Stephens is to be avoided whenever possible, but who
> among us can ignore a paean to Cather, even a badly written and poorly
> reasoned one? Yes, she still had much to learn about  her country's
> history, circa 1918, but she got there, covering the Navajo expulsion as
> "an injustice that cried to Heaven (Archbishop) and finally returning to
> the lessons of her youth, with one of her role models a grandmother who
> aided and abetted a runaway slave on "the road to freedom" (Sapphira).
>
> Cather's depiction of Czech immigrants in My Antonia gave hope to their
> President Masaryk, who wrote to Cather his appreciation, beginning a
> correspondence that would serve as one of their few comforts as the Nazi
> threat loomed over Europe and the world.
>
>
>
> She did often have her finger on the pulse, especially for those of us who
> believe the heartbeat of this country is in the fate of the immigrant, the
> people of the pueblo, the freed slave, and yes, the girls and women we can
> and must save from bondage and rape.
>
>
>
> Keeping the faith,
>
>
>
> Betty Jean
>
>
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>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Jul 20, 2019, at 12:48 PM, Thomas Gallagher <[log in to unmask]
> <[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
> One of the things I’ve learned as a Times subscriber is to never, ever
> read Bret Stephens, no matter what he’s writing about.
>
>
>
> *Thomas Gallagher*
> 646 256 2069
>
>
>
> *From:* 5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars <
> [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>> *On Behalf
> Of *Joshua Dolezal
> *Sent:* Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:10 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> *Subject:* Re: [5BANKSTREET] Cather for our time . . . again
>
>
>
> Perfect antidote is stretching it since Cather’s immigrants were largely
> white. No mention in My Antonia of Native American displacement. Jim’s
> Nebraska seems immune from the Civil War and the tumult of Reconstruction.
>
> I love My Antonia for many reasons. Nostalgia for American greatness is
> not one of them.
>
>
>
> Josh
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Jul 20, 2019, at 7:39 AM, Diane Prenatt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Thought others would be interested:
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nytimes.com_2019_07_19_opinion_trump-2Dpresidency-2Dimmigration.html-3Faction-3Dclick-26module-3DOpinion-26pgtype-3DHomepage&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=O8RJOcnjh0p_SnHYoUOBc-A8vLRvc5BGagxEvl4mbpU&s=NxKVfjaf2jFlhqID_DpnxyMHb6zGMMLRr1TQyRkFTRc&e= 
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> Opinion | The Perfect Antidote to Trump - The New York Times
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> When I was in high school I read Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia” and loved it
> for the love story it told. This week, I borrowed my daughter’s copy and
> read it again. It turns out to be a book ...
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> Diane Prenatt, Ph.D.
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> Professor of English Emerita
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> Marian University
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> Indianapolis IN  46222
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> 317-955-6395
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