Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English (MA)
Second Committee Member
Language, literature and linguistics; Philosophy, religion and theology; Cather; Chaos theory; Deconstruction; Mysticism; Pragmatism; Southwest
This work aims to explore the themes of pragmatism and liminality, particularly as they pertain to spirituality, in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. By taking an interdisciplinary critical approach to the novel, I will synthesize its spiritual affect into a sensibility called “pragmatic liminality.” Finally, I will connect this sensibility to other works in the Southwestern literary canon and elucidate the foundational importance that pragmatic liminality has to the Southwestern “sense of place” and its role in the larger narratives of regionalism in American literature.
Blomstedt, Alex C., "Divining the Southwest: Liminality, Pragmatism, and Regionalism in "Death Comes for the Archbishop"" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1591.