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Cather's Archbishop and the 'Backward Path'
Cather Studies (1990)
  • John Swift, Occidental College

This article analyzes the novel "Death Comes for the Archbishop," by Willa Cather. According to the author, the plotline and structure of the novel's movement in time coordinate with a statement made by Cather in a letter, in which she calls the book more of a narrative than a novel. The literary theory of narratology, introduced by French structuralist writers such as Gerard Genette, is discussed and applied to Cather's work. The books "The Song of the Lark," "My Ántonia," and "The Professor's House," are also discussed.

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John Swift. "Cather's Archbishop and the 'Backward Path'" Cather Studies Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (1990)
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