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Toward a New Masculinist Critical Approach to Willa Cather's Treatment of Male Protagonists in One of Ours: The Limits of Empathy
Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Arts (MA)
Department / School
Robert Bly's (or Willa Cather's) interest in myth might seem obsessive to some, but, in an age whose fundamental mythologies (defective, outmoded, toxic, lethal) are being radically altered (or debunked altogether), it seems imperative that many more of us become mythomaniacs. The portraits of the new man of the future suggest a project to develop the artist's androgynous mind, and even to undertake the laborious process which is art: being "active with soul"; not settling for "answers" but continually turning the diamond, seeking fuller ways of living the questions; refusing to accept limited and limiting definitions of manhood and womanhood; learning to better mourn the losses; recovering the "wild man" of desire and passion; and instantiating ourselves in modes which continually stretch and expand the limits of empathy.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. One of ours
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947 -- Characters -- Men
Sex role in literature
Masculinity in literature
South Dakota State University
Benham, William Bruce, "Toward a New Masculinist Critical Approach to Willa Cather's Treatment of Male Protagonists in One of Ours: The Limits of Empathy" (1993). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5840.