Intertextual and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Crossings

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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.

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"Intertextual and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Crossings represents an important contribution to Cormac McCarthy scholarship. The diversity of these essays mirrors the maturation and expansion of McCarthy scholarship…the project provides a blueprint for future critical scholarship in McCarthy studies." –William Brannon, Cormac McCarthy Studies
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Meet the Author

Nicholas Monk is a Research Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

Rick Wallach is Secretary-Treasurer of the Cormac McCarthy Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Cormac McCarthy’s House, Peter Josyph 2. Believing in The Sunset Limited: A Talk with Tom Cornford on Directing McCarthy, Tom Cornford and Peter Josyph 3. From Blood Meridian to Blue Meridian, John Ferer 4. The Painterly Eye: Waterscapes in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Dianne C. Luce 5. The Silent Sheriff: No Country for Old Men: A Comparison of Novel and Film, John Cant 6. Cold Dimensions, Little Worlds: Self, Death, and Motion in Suttree and Beckett's Murphy, Euan Gallivan 7. Cormac McCarthy and the American Literary Tradition: Wording the End, Jan Nordby Gretlund 8. Narratives of Spiritual Formation in The Border Trilogy, The Road, and Leslie Silko’s Ceremony, Nicholas Monk 9. A Novel in Dramatic Form’: Metaphysical Tension in The Sunset Limited, Ciarán Dowd

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    I have never read your "book", but I can venture a guess that you have roughly 1% of cormac mccarthy's literary talent. It seems interesting that you would charge approximately a 1000% markup compared to the original mccarthy work. My heart goes out to any modern literature students who are forced to pay this ransom.

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