British Association for American Studies


Francesca White

Francesca White is a PhD student at the University of Leicester researching multilingualism in Willa CatherÕs fiction. In 2017, she was awarded the BAAS Malcolm Bradbury Award to fund research at the Willa Cather archives in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and she has presented papers on Cather at the International Willa Cather Symposium in Northern Ireland, the University of OxfordÕs Rothermere Institute for American Studies, and the American Literature Association Conference. She is an Editorial Assistant for Cambridge University PressÕs Journal of American Studies.

Conference Review: The 17th International Willa Cather Seminar, Winchester, Virginia, 17th-21st June 2019

Arriving at Shenandoah University for the 17th International Willa Cather Seminar, scholars were greeted by the incongruous sounds of revving Harley-Davidson motorbikes and bagpipes. For one week in June, the small town of Winchester, Virginia, played host not only to the Willa Cather Foundation’s biennial seminar, but also to the Virginia Piping and Drumming School’s summer meet and the 2019 HOG (‘Harley Owners’ Group’) Rally. While that meant that accommodation choices in town were limited, the celebratory atmosphere befitted the fact that, for the Cather group, this conference was something of a homecoming.