Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


American Studies

Reader 1

Matthew Delmont

Reader 2

Warren Liu

Rights Information

© 2014 Catherine T. Holcombe


This is an examination of the extent to which Cather poses an ecofeminist response to the normative Frontier Myth. In an analysis of Cather's 1923 essay, "Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle" and O Pioneers! it argues that Cather revises the typical masculine, individualistic pioneer spirit into a Pioneer Spirit that is rooted in connectivity, collaboration and sustainability.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.