Willa Cather Newsletter & Review
At first glance, My Ántonia might seem to have nothing to do with World War I. Despite the fact that Cather’s fourth novel was written between the fall of 1916 and June 1918, the war is nowhere mentioned in it, and no evidence exists to suggest that Cather consciously intended to embed any type of commentary about the war within its pages. Nevertheless, My Ántonia is inextricably connected to the war, chiefly because its early sales and reception among American readers were very likely heavily influenced by the xenophobic attitudes that the war exacerbated.
Charles Johanningsmeier. “World War I, Anti-German Hysteria, the ‘Spanish’ Flu, and My Ántonia, 1917-1919." Willa Cather Newsletter & Review 59.3 (Spring 2017): 33-38.