The Department of English is very happy to announce one of our first events for the Fall 2013 Semester. On September 12, 2013, from 4-6 PM, please join us in Marvin Center 301 for “No Longer Secret: Willa Cather’s Letters. A Conversation with Andrew Jewell and Marilee Lindemann.” This event will be moderated by our own Professor Ann Romines, and is one of the first events of 2013-2014 made possible by the Wang Family Endowment.
The much-celebrated recent publication of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather has given us a much more nuanced and varied, up-close picture of this important American writer, illuminating both her professional and private lives. Jewell will discuss his experience editing the letters and reflect on some of the significant revelations they offer. Lindemann, whose book Willa Cather: Queering Americaworked closely with Cather letters but was prohibited from quoting them, will discuss how the newly-available access to the letters is likely to transform Cather scholarship, particularly in the context of LGBT studies. Both Jewell and Lindemann will include readings from pertinent Cather letters and will reflect, more generally, on the importance of letters to literary study. They will welcome questions from their audience.
Andrew Jewell is Associate Professor of Digital Projects at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s designer and editor of the Willa Cather Archive. With Janis Stout, he edited the recently published and widely-acclaimed Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Knopf, April 2013). He’s also the co-editor of Scholarly Editing: the Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing and The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, and an active member of the Board of Directors of the Willa Cather Foundation.
Marilee Lindemann is Director of LGBT Studies and Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Her first book, Willa Cather: Queering America(Columbia 1999), importantly brought the resources of queer studies to Cather studies. Lindemann is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Willa Catherand the Oxford UP edition of O Pioneers! She recently received the 2013 Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award from the University of Maryland, for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and building the LGBT program.