Cather's Burden: Toward a Demographic Reading of Non-Reproduction on the 19th-century Prairies

Nat Hurley

University of Alberta

Nat Hurley is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies and Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the co-editor, with Steven Bruhm, of Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children (U of Minnesota P, 2004) and editor of Childhood and Its Discontents, a special double issue of ESC: English Studies in Canada (38.3-4, 2012). Her book, Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel is forthcoming from University of Minnesota (Spring 2018. She has also published articles and book chapters on American literature, children’s literature, and queer theory.


What are the contradictions of representing biological reproduction on the prairies? Willa Cather’s My Antonia unwittingly offers us some purchase on this question, providing as it does a vibrant narrative account of... [ view full abstract ]


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