영어영문학연구, Vol.60 no.4 (2018)
pp.67~89

DOI : 10.18853/jjell.2018.60.4.004

윌라 캐서의 소설에 나타난 퀴어 에티카 연구

변효정

(대진대학교, 교수)

This study focuses on finding the multiple queer meanings in the three novels of Willa Cather. Her works having various backgrounds show flexible queer traits of identities of characters, places, nature, and work, etc. Thea in The Song of the Lark exerts her own efforts to be a true artist in the queer space of the opera. In the process of pursuing her dream, she overcomes the qualities of her acquaintances like paedophile characteristics and their desires for materialism, and thoroughly tries to embrace old ancestors’ value in the Panther Canyon. Likewise, although Ántonia in My Ántonia is an alien in Nebraska, she finally builds her own queer world by making her constant physical labors erotic and meaningful. St. Peter in The Professor’s House himself shows biophilia by preserving ancient spirit and their relics against his family members’ soulless materialism. This work especially includes diverse erotic scenes of Tom and St. Peter that can destroy a heterosexual frame and it leads to enhance the queer atmosphere in general. To sum up, the queerness of Cather as a way of being has numerical values and its own ethica, so it has positive influences on the readers, Cather’s other novels, and American novels.
  퀴어 의미들; 윌라 캐서; 퀴어성; 에티카; 긍정적인 영향;queer meanings; Willa Cather; queerness; ethica; positive influences

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