Blood Meridian

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307762528
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"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable." Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf. "A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers." From the Hardcover edition.

Blood Meridian Or The Evening Redness In The West

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Modern Library (Hardcover)
ISBN: 0679641041
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Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a particular focus on one outlaw, known as "the Kid," a boy of fourteen. 15,000 first printing.

Cormac Mccarthy S Borders And Landscapes

Author: Louise Jillett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501319124
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Cormac McCarthy's work is attracting an increasing number of scholars and critics from a range of disciplines within the humanities and beyond, from political philosophy to linguistics and from musicology to various branches of the sciences. Cormac McCarthy's Borders and Landscapes contributes to this developing field of research, investigating the way McCarthy's writings speak to other works within the broader fields of American literature, international literature, border literature, and other forms of comparative literature. It also explores McCarthy's literary antecedents and the movements out of which his work has emerged, such as modernism, romanticism, naturalism, eco-criticism, genre-based literature (western, southern gothic), folkloric traditions and mythology.

Cormac Mccarthy S House

Author: Peter Josyph
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292748868
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Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant and challenging work demands deep engagement from his readers. In Cormac McCarthy’s House, author, painter, photographer, and actor-director Peter Josyph draws on a wide range of experience to pose provocative, unexpected questions about McCarthy’s work, how it is achieved, and how it is interpreted. As a visual artist, Josyph wrestles with the challenge of rendering McCarthy’s former home in El Paso as a symbol of a great writer’s workshop. As an actor and filmmaker, he analyzes the high art of Tommy Lee Jones in The Sunset Limited and No Country for Old Men. Invoking the recent suicide of a troubled friend, he grapples with the issue of “our brother’s keeper” in The Crossing and The Sunset Limited. But for Josyph, reading the finest prose-poet of our day is a project into which he invites many voices, and his investigations include a talk with Mark Morrow about photographing McCarthy while he was writing Blood Meridian; an in-depth conversation with director Tom Cornford on the challenges of staging The Sunset Limited and The Stonemason; a walk through the streets, waterfronts, and hidden haunts of Suttree with McCarthy scholar and Knoxville resident Wesley Morgan; insights from the cast of The Gardener’s Son about a controversial scene in that film; actress Miriam Colon’s perspective on portraying the Dueña Alfonsa opposite Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses; and a harsh critique of Josyph’s views on The Crossing by McCarthy scholar Marty Priola, which leads to a sometimes heated debate. Illustrated with thirty-one photographs, Josyph’s unconventional journeys into the genius of Cormac McCarthy form a new, highly personal way of appreciating literary greatness.

Notes On Blood Meridian

Author: John Sepich
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292718209
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Blood Meridian (1985), Cormac McCarthy’s epic tale of an otherwise nameless “kid” who in his teens joins a gang of licensed scalp hunters whose marauding adventures take place across Texas, Chihuahua, Sonora, Arizona, and California during 1849 and 1850, is widely considered to be one of the finest novels of the Old West, as well as McCarthy’s greatest work. The New York Times Book Review ranked it third in a 2006 survey of the “best work of American fiction published in the last twenty-five years,” and in 2005 Time chose it as one of the 100 best novels published since 1923. Yet Blood Meridian’s complexity, as well as its sheer bloodiness, makes it difficult for some readers. To guide all its readers and help them appreciate the novel’s wealth of historically verifiable characters, places, and events, John Sepich compiled what has become the classic reference work, Notes on BLOOD MERIDIAN. Tracing many of the nineteenth-century primary sources that McCarthy used, Notes uncovers the historical roots of Blood Meridian. Originally published in 1993, Notes remained in print for only a few years and has become highly sought-after in the rare book market, with used copies selling for hundreds of dollars. In bringing the book back into print to make it more widely available, Sepich has revised and expanded Notes with a new preface and two new essays that explore key themes and issues in the work. This amplified edition of Notes on BLOOD MERIDIAN is the essential guide for all who seek a fuller understanding and appreciation of McCarthy’s finest work.

Exploding The Western

Author: Sara L. Spurgeon
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781585444229
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The frontier and Western expansionism are so quintessentially a part of American history that the literature of the West and Southwest is in some senses the least regional and the most national literature of all. The frontier—the place where cultures meet and rewrite themselves upon each other’s texts—continues to energize writers whose fiction evokes, destroys, and rebuilds the myth in ways that attract popular audiences and critics alike. Sara L. Spurgeon focuses on three writers whose works not only exemplify the kind of engagement with the theme of the frontier that modern authors make, but also show the range of cultural voices that are present in Southwestern literature: Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ana Castillo. Her central purposes are to consider how the differing versions of the Western “mythic” tales are being recast in a globalized world and to examine the ways in which they challenge and accommodate increasingly fluid and even dangerous racial, cultural, and international borders. In Spurgeon’s analysis, the spaces in which the works of these three writers collide offer some sharply differentiated visions but also create new and unsuspected forms, providing the most startling insights. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes tragic, the new myths are the expressions of the larger culture from which they spring, both a projection onto a troubled and troubling past and an insistent, prophetic vision of a shared future.

Intertextual And Interdisciplinary Approaches To Cormac Mccarthy

Author: Nicholas Monk
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136636064
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This collection offers a fresh approach to the work of Cormac McCarthy, one of the most important contemporary American authors. Essays focus on his work across the genres and/or in constellation with other writers and artists, presenting not only a different "angle" on the work, but setting him within a broader literary and artistic context. Such an approach offers a view of McCarthy that is strikingly different to previous collections that have dealt with the work in an almost exclusively "single author" and/or "single genre" mode. McCarthy’s novels are increasingly regarded as amongst the most rich, the most complex, and the most insightful of all recent literary responses to prevailing conditions in both the USA and beyond, and this collection recognizes the intertextual and interdisciplinary nature of his work. Contributors draw back the curtain on some of McCarthy’s literary ancestors, revealing and analyzing some of the fiction’s key contemporary intertexts, and showing a complex and previously underestimated hinterland of influence. In addition, they look beyond the novel both to other genres in McCarthy’s oeuvre, and to the way these genres have influenced McCarthy’s writing.

The Pastoral Vision Of Cormac Mccarthy

Author: Georg Guillemin
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781585443413
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Georg Guillemin’s visionary approach to the work of Western novelist Cormac McCarthy combines an overall survey of McCarthy’s eight novels in print with a comprehensive analysis of the author’s evolving ecopastoralism. Using in-depth textual interpretations, Guillemin argues that even McCarthy’s early work is characterized less by traditional nostalgia for a lost pastoral order than by a radically egalitarian land ethic that prefigures today’s ecopastoral tendencies in Western American writing. The study shows that more than any of the other landscapes evoked by McCarthy, the Southwestern desert becomes the stage for his dramatizations of a wild sense of the pastoral. McCarthy’s fourth novel, Suttree, which is the only one set inside an urban environment, is used in the introductory chapter to discuss the relevant compositional aspects of his fiction and the methodology of the chapters to come. The main part of the study devotes chapters to McCarthy’s Southern novels, his keystone work Blood Meridian, and the Western novels known as the Border Trilogy. The concluding chapter discusses the broader context of American pastoralism and suggests that McCarthy’s ecopastoralism is animistic rather than environmentalist in character. Guillemin shows that the very popular Border Trilogy takes McCarthy’s ecopastoralism to its culmination, although this is often overlooked precisely because of the simplicity of the plots—picaresque quests. As the trilogy arranges its plots as a search for a life of pastoral harmony (All the Pretty Horses), envisions a nomadic version of pastoral (The Crossing), and experiences the foreclosure of the pastoral vision anywhere (Cities of the Plain), the trilogy as a whole tacitly acknowledges the obsolescence of utopian pastoralism. Increasingly, man ceases to be the dominant focus of narration, so that the shift from an egocentric to an ecocentric sense of self marks both the heroes and narrators of McCarthy’s novels.

Cormac Mccarthy In Transformacija Anrov

Author: Kristjan Mavri
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In this doctoral thesis, entitled Cormac McCarthy and Genre Transformation, I investigate the relationship between the novels of contemporary American author Cormac McCarthy and literary genre. In investigating this relationship, I attempt to give insight into McCarthy's practice of using genre to articulate and confirm a complex of ideas from different fictional and historical angles. Chapter one proposes a concept of literary genre informed by work done in the field of cognitive linguistics by Eleanor Rosch, George Lakoff and others. Rather than traditional category structure, where categories form discrete entities characterized by a set of attributes shared by all members equally, genres can be described as having a prototype structure. That is, genres are not homogenous; they have more and less representative members and permeable borders. Texts in a genre need not share the same set of attributes, but can be linked by family resemblance. We judge genre membership on the basis of exemplars-texts that best represent the genre as a whole. The incongruence between the expectations based on such typical examples and what we encounter gives rise to prototypicality effects. Furthermore, chapter one applies George Lakoff's explanation for prototype effects, namely, his concept of idealized cognitive models, to generic categorization. Such an understanding of genre, which lays out the ways whereby writers and readers use genre rather than some formal system of logic, is well suited to McCarthy's innovative work in Southern Gothic, Western and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. Chapter two addresses the features of the Southern Gothic, a genre of American literature set in the U.S. South which typically uses the grotesque, dark humor, character deformity, extreme violence, sacrilege and perversion to say something about the Southern social reality or the human condition more generally. McCarthy's first four novels, The Orchard Keeper, Outer Dark, Child of God and Suttree, are then read in terms of how they are similar to and different from the exemplars of the Southern Gothic, primarily works by Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers. Chapter three looks at the Western tradition in American literature and its ideological engagement with the myth of the West. McCarthy's Westerns, Blood Meridian: or The Evening Redness in the West, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain and No Country for Old Men, are characterized by their mythoclastic treatment of the ideas iv the Western has traditionally articulated, such as American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny. At the same time, McCarthy's Western works demonstrate more prominently the author's growing predilection for embodying certain universal ideas, such as the relationship between agency and fate, the existence of a transcendent realm, the role of narrative in human life, the problem of evil, in specific generic and historic contexts. Chapter four analyzes the structure of post-apocalyptic fiction and the ways in which it has allowed generations of writers and readers to project apocalyptic futures based on historically contingent anxieties and fantasies. McCarthy's The Road adds to the existing genre model a singularly bleak representation of natural and social collapse, which the author redeems through an intimate love story between a nameless father and son, whose grim struggle for survival in a dying world becomes a philosophical existential quest for meaning and hope in a hollowed-out world. The concluding chapter synthesizes the findings of the preceding chapters, arguing McCarthy uses generic frameworks in ways that facilitate his, more or less consistent, inquiries into the metaphysical, epistemological, religious and moral mysteries of human existence and creation itself.