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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

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First Advisor

George West


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
Men's movement
Sex role in literature
Masculinity in literature




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