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Amherst Professor Examines Willa Cather’s Prairie Fiction

St. Johnsbury ~ Amherst College professor Michele Barale will explore the importance of landscape in the fiction of Willa Cather in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on October 2 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. 

In Willa Cather’s pioneer fiction, landscape is as important as any character in the story. Barale’s talk will examine the relationship between Cather’s art and her very tangible earth.

Barale is an emeritus professor of Amherst College, where she was the Thalheimer Professor of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies and director of the Writing Center. She received a PhD from the University of Colorado. She has been teaching and talking and writing about Willa Cather’s for the past thirty years. Her recent publications on Cather have focused on Cather’s attitudes about artistic inspiration.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in St. Johnsbury are held at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series in St. Johnsbury is underwritten by St. Johnsbury Academy.

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is sponsored by Adler and McCabe, PLC and Friends of the Athenaeum.

For more information, contact St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at 802.748.8291 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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