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Late Modernism Of Cormac Mccarthy
     

Late Modernism Of Cormac Mccarthy

by David Holloway, Rick Wallach (Foreword by), Rick Wallach
 

Through close examination of the formal as well as thematic organization of Cormac McCarthy's eight novels, this volume offers a radically new assessment of the work of an author who has often been described as one of the greatest contemporary American novelists. In opposition to existing McCarthy scholarship—which tends to concentrate on the regional

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Through close examination of the formal as well as thematic organization of Cormac McCarthy's eight novels, this volume offers a radically new assessment of the work of an author who has often been described as one of the greatest contemporary American novelists. In opposition to existing McCarthy scholarship—which tends to concentrate on the regional dimensions of his work, viewing it within the literary and mythopoetic traditions of the South and Southwest—Holloway argues that McCarthy's full significance can only be understood if his work is contextualized within the broader political, economic, and intellectual discourses of the period in which his novels have been produced. Drawing on the ideas of Marxist thinkers such as Fredric Jameson, George Lukács, and Jean-Paul Sartre, he shows how McCarthy's late modernism resists many of the postmodern assumptions about literary narrative that have come to shape our understanding of aesthetics in recent times.

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Holloway (American Studies, U. of Derby, UK) employs the tools of contemporary theorists, particularly Fredric Jameson and his notion of transcoding, in this analysis of the writer and playwright. Among other issues, Holloway discusses the importance of class and capitalism for the theme of existential alienation experienced by McCarthy's characters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313322273
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2002
Series:
Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID HOLLOWAY is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Derby, England. He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on 20th-century American literature and popular culture.

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