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Cormac McCarthy in Context

Cormac McCarthy in Context

Part of Literature in Context

  • Editor: Steven Frye, California State University, Bakersfield
Steven Frye, Scott Yarbrough, Lydia Cooper, Ciaran Dowd, Jay Watson, Olivia Carr Edenfield, G. R. Thompson, Dustin Anderson, Adam H. Wood, Alan Noble, Bill Hardwig, James Dorson, Benjamin West, David Williams, Julius Greve, Bryan Vescio, Jay Ellis, David Holloway, John Dudley, Susan Kollin, Nicholas Monk, Peter Josyph, Lee Clark Mitchell, Petra Mundik, Dianne C. Luce, Michael Lynn Crews, Katie Salzmann, Stacey Peebles, Beatrice Trotignon
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  • Publication planned for: May 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108488839

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  • Cormac McCarthy is a writer informed by an intense curiosity. His interests range from the natural world, to philosophy and religion, to history and culture. Cormac McCarthy in Context offers readers the opportunity to understand how various influences inform his rich body of work. The collection explores the relationship McCarthy has with his favourite authors, writers such as Herman Melville, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway. Other contexts are tremendously informative, including the American Romance Tradition of the nineteenth century as well as modernity and the modernist literary movement. Influence and context are of absolute importance in understanding McCarthy, who is now being understood as one of the most significant authors of the contemporary period.

    • Provides details on the various contexts that informed McCarthy's work, including religious, philosophical, and cultural.
    • Provides limited but substantive close readings that apply those contexts to various works.
    • Provides readers with an understanding of various historical, cultural, scientific materials together and separate from their understanding of McCarthy's work.
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    • Publication planned for: May 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108488839
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Environments:
    1. Life and Career Steven Frye
    2. The South Scott Yarbrough 3. The Southwest Lydia Cooper
    4. The Santa Fe Institute Ciaran Dowd
    Part II. Literary Contexts: Sources, Influences, Allusions:
    5. William Faulkner Jay Watson
    6. Ernest Hemingway Olivia Carr Edenfield
    7. Herman Melville and the American Romance Tradition G. R. Thompson
    8. Romanticism Dustin Anderson
    9. Naturalism Adam H. Wood
    10. The Bible Alan Noble
    11. Allusion and Allegory Bill Hardwig
    Part III. Intellectual Contexts:
    12. The Judeo-Christian Tradition James Dorson
    13. Gnosticism Benjamin West
    14. Classical and Pre-Classical Philosophy David Williams
    15 Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Philosophy Julius Greve
    16. Formal Aesthetic Choices Bryan Vescio
    17. Science and Technology Jay Ellis
    Part IV. Social and Cultural Contexts:
    18. American Politics David Holloway
    19. Race and Cultural Difference John Dudley
    20. Ecology Susan Kollin
    21. Modernity Nicholas Monk
    22. A Visual Artist on McCarthy Peter Josyph
    23. Cinematic Adaptations Lee Clark Mitchell
    24. Cinematic Influences Petra Mundik
    Part V. Archives, Critical History, Translation:
    25. The Archives and the Tennessee Years, I: The Orchard Keeper and Outer Dark Dianne C. Luce
    26. The Archives and the Tennessee Years, II: Child of God, The Gardener's Son, and Suttree Dianne C. Luce
    27. The San Marcos Archives: Blood Meridian and the West Michael Lynn Crews
    28. Letters and Correspondence Katie Salzmann
    29. Critical History Stacey Peebles
    30. Translation and International Reception I Beatrice Trotignon
    31. Translation and International Reception II Beatrice Trotignon

  • Editor

    Steven Frye, California State University, Bakersfield
    Steven Frye is Professor of American Literature and Chair of the English Department at California State University, Bakersfield, as well as President of the Cormac McCarthy Society. He has edited five collections and published three books that focus on the writers of the American Romance Tradition from the 19th century to the present. He is an expert in the literature of the American West, and his edited volume The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy was favorably reviewed by the Times Literary Supplement.

    Contributors

    Steven Frye, Scott Yarbrough, Lydia Cooper, Ciaran Dowd, Jay Watson, Olivia Carr Edenfield, G. R. Thompson, Dustin Anderson, Adam H. Wood, Alan Noble, Bill Hardwig, James Dorson, Benjamin West, David Williams, Julius Greve, Bryan Vescio, Jay Ellis, David Holloway, John Dudley, Susan Kollin, Nicholas Monk, Peter Josyph, Lee Clark Mitchell, Petra Mundik, Dianne C. Luce, Michael Lynn Crews, Katie Salzmann, Stacey Peebles, Beatrice Trotignon

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