Guy Reynolds

Professor, Director of the Cather Project and Chair of the Undergraduate Program and Curriculum Committee's Profile Image
Professor, Director of the Cather Project and Chair of the Undergraduate Program and Curriculum Committee
(402) 472-1882
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Education

University of Cambridge, MA, PhD

Areas of Specialty

Willa Cather

Modernism

American Literary History

Post-War Fiction

US and Anglophone Literary Internationalism

Professor

After an early career in the U.K. (graduate studies at Cambridge; teaching at the University of Kent) I came to UNL as a Professor in 2003. I direct the Cather Project – a team of scholars dedicated to editing Cather’s texts, running seminars and other events, and producing Cather Studies. I am the general editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition, a multi-volume, MLA-vetted series of annotated texts.

Here is a site for the Willa Cather Archive at UNL, the major online resource for the study of her work and life. 

As well as my work on Cather, I have wide teaching and research interests in American literature.  My recent work focuses on the international and transatlantic dimensions of post-war writing.  Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development (2008) is a close study of internationalism and writing, a contribution to the study of literature in an accelerating era of globalization and, perhaps, ‘Americanization.’  The book features a swathe of figures, from Malcolm X to Paul Bowles to Pearl Buck to Don DeLillo, and focuses on the fiction and reportage produced by Americans in a decolonized and ‘post-European’ world.

A number of my essays and lectures, on Cather and other Americans, are available online via the ‘Selected Works’ electronic press.

I am currently completing a new book — about Willa Cather, the body, performance, and the movement from late-Victorian to Modernist literary culture. Edinburgh University Press will publish Sensing Willa Cather: The Writer and the Body in Transition in 2019.

I continue to work in other literary-cultural fields. See a new essay, "The surrealist script(s): Bourgeois, Chadwick, Hiller" in Patricia Allmer, ed., Intersections: Women artists/surrealism/modernism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016).

Selected Publications and Projects

Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire (New York: St. Martin’s, 1996).

Twentieth-Century American Women’s Fiction (London: Macmillan, 1999).

Ed., F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Wordsworth edition available only in UK: 2001)

Ed., Willa Cather: Critical Assessments, 4 Volumes (Roberstsbridge, Sussex: Helm Information, 2003)

Ed., Cather Studies 7: Willa Cather as Cultural Icon (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2007)

Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2008)

Ed., (with Melissa Homestead), Cather Studies 9: Willa Cather and Modern Cultures (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2011)

Ed., Willa Cather, My Ántonia (New York: Bedford,  2012)