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"Her eyes drank in the breadth of it": a phenomenology of receiving the land

July 7th, 2010 | 5 min read

By Christopher Benson

Here I am again at the writer's desk with a tall glass of lemonade, ready to analyze two passages that invoke "the Genius" of the land in Willa Cather's novel O Pioneers! In the first passage, we witness the retrospective despair of John Bergson, a first generation pioneer in Nebraska:

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Christopher Benson

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Literature