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Cather Studies Volume 8
Manuel Broncano teaches at Texas A&M International University. He has translated into Spanish and
edited Death Comes for the Archbishop (Madrid: Cátedra, 2000) and is currently translating The Professor’s House. He has participated in several international Cather seminars and has contributed
an essay to Willa Cather and the American Southwest (2000).
Marc Chénetier, a professor emeritus of American literature at the University of Paris–Diderot and
a senior member of the Institut universitaire de France, was president of the European
Association for American Studies between 2004 and 2008. He has published fifteen books
(among them is Beyond Suspicion ), written numerous articles on American literature, and translated some sixty
novels and collections of stories, including, so far, nine of Willa Cather’s works.
Joshua Doležal is an assistant professor of English and director of the first-year seminar at Central
College in Iowa. His work has appeared most recently in Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, ISLE, Hudson Review, and Medical Humanities.
Mathieu Duplay is a professor of American literature at the University of Lille. His research focuses
on literature’s conversation with philosophy, with a particular emphasis on twentieth-century
North American fiction. Much of his recent work examines the aesthetic issues raised
by contemporary musical responses to literature. His essays on Cather have appeared
in TLE (Théorie, Littérature, Enseignement) and in the French Journal of American Studies (Revue Française d’Études Américaines), of which he has since been appointed literary editor.
Stéphanie Durrans is an associate professor of American literature at the University of Bordeaux 3.
A former Fulbright Scholar, she has published widely on Willa Cather, Anne Tyler,
Jayne Anne Phillips, and E. Annie Proulx. She is the author of The Influence of French Culture on Willa Cather: Intertextual References and Resonances (2007).
Evelyn I. Funda is an associate professor in American literature and American studies at Utah State
University. She is author of the Western Writers Series monograph Reading Willa Cather’s “The Song of the Lark” and numerous essays on Cather, some of which have appeared in Teaching Cather, Narrative, Religion and Literature, and Western American Literature.
Cristina Giorcelli is a professor of American literature at the University of Rome 3, where she chairs
the Department of American Studies and supervises its PhD program. She concentrates
on late-nineteenthand early-twentieth-century fiction and has published extensively
on Chopin, Crane, James, Wharton, and on modernist poetry. From 1980 to 1992 she served
as president of the Italian Association of American Studies, and from 1994 to 2002
she was vice-president of the European Association for American Studies.
Richard C. Harris is the John J. McMullen Professor of Humanities and an assistant dean at Webb Institute
on Long Island. He has published extensively on Willa Cather in a number of journals,
including Cather Studies, Studies in American Fiction, Journal of Narrative Theory, Midwest Review, and Willa Cather Newsletter and Review. He is the volume editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of her Pulitzer Prize–winning
novel One of Ours (2006).
Melissa J. Homestead is an associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the University
of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is the author of American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822–1869 (2005) and of essays on Susanna Rowson, Catharine Sedgwick, Fanny Fern, Augusta Jane
Evans, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Willa Cather. She is presently working with Anne Kaufman
on a study of the creative partnership between Cather and Edith Lewis.
Andrew Jewell is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries, the editor
of the Willa Cather Archive (http://cather.unl.edu), and the coeditor, with Janis Stout, of A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather: An Expanded, Digital Edition. He has published essays on Cather and other American writers, humanities computing,
and is coeditor, with Amy Earhart, of The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age (2009).
Jean-François Leroux teaches at the University of Ottawa and is the editor of Modern French Poets (2002) and the author of The Renaissance of Impasse: From the Age of Carlyle, Emerson and Melville to the Quiet
Revolution in Quebec (2004) and articles on Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Alfred Vigny, Francis Ponge, Dostoyevsky,
and Saul Bellow.
Mark J. Madigan is a professor of English and the Rosemary White Chair of Literature at Nazareth
College of Rochester. He is the volume editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition
of Youth and the Bright Medusa, the author of many articles on Cather, and the editor of three volumes by Dorothy
Canfield Fisher. He was a Fulbright Scholar at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,
and also a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Zadar, Croatia.
Ann Moseley is a professor emerita of literature and languages and the William L. Mayo Professor
at Texas A&M University–Commerce. She is the volume editor of the forthcoming Willa
Cather Scholarly Edition of The Song of the Lark and the author of Ole Rölvaag (1987) and of numerous essays on Cather. The coauthor of three composition textbooks,
she has also made numerous presentations on Cather.
John J. Murphy, a professor emeritus at Brigham Young University, is the author of “My Ántonia”: The Road Home (1989) and dozens of essays on Cather and other American writers. He edited Critical Essays on Willa Cather (1984), coedited Willa Cather: New Facts, New Glimpses, Revisions (2008), is the volume editor and coeditor, respectively, of the Willa Cather Scholarly
Editions of Death Comes for the Archbishop (1999) and Shadows on the Rock (2005). In 1981 he directed the First International Cather Seminar in Nebraska and,
in 2007, codirected the Eleventh in France.
Joseph C. Murphy teaches American literature at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, and is the editor
of Fu Jen Studies: Literature and Linguistics. His publications include essays in Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather; Cather Studies 7; Literature and Belief; Modern Language Studies, and the electronic Whitman journal Mickle Street Review.
Elsa Nettels is a professor emerita of English at the College of William and Mary. Her publications
include James and Conrad; Language, Race, and Social Class in Howells’s America; and Language and Gender in American Fiction: Howells, James, Wharton, and Cather. From 1997 to 2002 she wrote the chapter on Wharton and Cather for American Literary Scholarship.
Julie Olin-Ammentorp is a professor of English and of gender and women’s studies at Le Moyne College.
She has published on Adrienne Rich, Henry James, and Edith Wharton; her critical study
Edith Wharton’s Writings from the Great War was published in 2004. Her current work is focused on a comparative study of Cather
and Wharton, as well as on the role of place in Cather’s fiction.
Françoise Palleau-Papin, a former student at the École normale supérieure, teaches American literature at
the Sorbonne nouvelle, University of Paris 3. Her PhD focused on Cather’s fiction,
and she has published on Cather and contemporary American fiction. Her critical monograph
on David Markson, This Is Not a Tragedy: The Works of David Markson (2007), is forthcoming in an English translation by Dalkey Archive.
Charles A. Peek is past president of the Cather Foundation Board of Governors and professor of English
emeritus at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 2005 he taught Cather and other
modern American writers in China as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer, and he returned there
in the summer of 2008 as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. His professional interests
include Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and the Harlem Renaissance.
David H. Porter is the Tisch Family Distinguished Professor at Skidmore College, where he teaches
in the classics, music, and English departments. He is the author of books on Greek
tragedy and Horace, and of monographs on Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury. His book
on Cather, On the Divide: The Many Lives of Willa Cather, was published in 2008.
Diane Prenatt is a professor of English at Marian University in Indianapolis, where she teaches
American and European literature. She has presented and published on representations
of ethnicity and domestic life in American literature, and is currently at work on
a biography of Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant.
Ann Romines is a professor of English at the George Washington University. She is the author
of The Home Plot: Women, Writing (1992); Domestic Ritual, Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls
Wilder (1997); and many essays on American women’s writing. She is the volume editor of
the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of Sapphira and the Slave Girl (2009) and the editor of Willa Cather’s Southern Connections (2000) and the Willa Cather Newsletter and Review.
Janet Sharistanian teaches at the University of Kansas. She has delivered papers on Cather at national
and international conferences, edited The Song of the Lark and My Ántonia for Oxford University Press, and directed five neh Summer Seminars on Cather and
Wharton. She is writing a book on the shifting relationships between the home front
and the war front in American Great War literature.
Merrill Maguire Skaggs was the Baldwin Professor of Humanities and dean of the Graduate School at Drew University,
general editor of the Willa Cather Series published by Fairleigh Dickinson University
Press, and a devoted board member of the Willa Cather Foundation. Her critical study
After the World Broke in Two: The Later Novels of Willa Cather (1990) is among the landmark volumes of Cather criticism. She followed it with a
succession of edited or coedited essay collections and, most recently, with another
extended critical volume, Axes: Willa Cather and William Faulkner (2007). She established Drew University as the eastern locus of Cather studies, developing
its archival holdings, arranging critical symposia on those holdings and on Cather’s
New York City.
John N. Swift teaches modern British and American literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
He has written many essays on Cather and other modernist authors, and is the coeditor
(with Joseph R. Urgo) of Willa Cather and the American Southwest (2002).
Robert Thacker is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and English and associate dean
at St. Lawrence University. His books include The Great Prairie Fact and Literary Imagination (1989) and Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives (2005). He has presented and published often on Cather, serves on the Board of Governors
of the Cather Foundation, and codirected the Sixth International Seminar in Quebec
and the Eleventh in France.
Joseph R. Urgo is Dean of Faculty and a professor of English at Hamilton College. He is the author
of Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration (1995) as well as numerous essays and book chapters on Cather and American culture.