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The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy

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  • Editor: Steven Frye, California State University, Bakersfield
Steven Frye, Linda Woodson, Phillip A. Snyder, Delys W. Snyder, Lydia R. Cooper, Brian Evenson, Timothy Parrish, Pierre Lagayette, James R. Giles, Nicholas Monk, Allen Josephs, Eric Carl Link, Stacey Peebles, John Dudley
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  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107644809

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  • Cormac McCarthy both embodies and redefines the notion of the artist as outsider. His fiction draws on recognizable American themes and employs dense philosophical and theological subtexts, challenging readers by depicting the familiar as inscrutably foreign. The essays in this Companion offer a sophisticated yet concise introduction to McCarthy's difficult and provocative work. The contributors, an international team of McCarthy scholars, analyze some of the most well-known and commonly taught novels – Outer Dark, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, and The Road – while providing detailed treatments of McCarthy's work in cinema, including the many adaptations of his novels to film. Designed for scholars, teachers, and general readers, and complete with a chronology and bibliography for further reading, this Companion is an essential reference for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of one of America's most celebrated living novelists.

    • Examines topics that appear in McCarthy's works: style, Southern origins, philosophy, theology, the Cold War, the American West, literary naturalism and film
    • Provides a brief but substantial chronology of McCarthy's life, offering biographical information not available in any other volume
    • Treats the most commonly read works, providing both an understanding of the most important themes and a means by which to teach them
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    'The collection works best when moving beyond the generalities of genre to the specificities of history and the singularities of style.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107644809
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Chronology of McCarthy's life and works
    1. Introduction: histories, novels, ideas: McCarthy and the art of philosophy Steven Frye
    Part I. Influence and Innovation:
    2. McCarthy's heroes and the will to truth Linda Woodson
    3. Modernism, postmodernism, and language: McCarthy's style Phillip A. Snyder and Delys W. Snyder
    Part II. Beginnings in the American South:
    4. McCarthy, Tennessee, and the southern gothic Lydia R. Cooper
    5. McCarthy and the uses of philosophy in the Tennessee novels Brian Evenson
    Part III. The Move Westward:
    6. History and the problem of evil in McCarthy's western novels Timothy Parrish
    7. The Border Trilogy, The Road, and the Cold War Pierre Lagayette
    Part IV. The Novels:
    8. Outer Dark and romantic naturalism James R. Giles
    9. Blood Meridian and the poetics of violence Steven Frye
    10. All the Pretty Horses, the border, and ethnic encounter Nicholas Monk
    11. The quest for God in The Road Allen Josephs
    Part V. Themes and Issues:
    12. McCarthy and naturalism Eric Carl Link
    13. McCarthy and film Stacey Peebles
    14. McCarthy's heroes: revisiting masculinity John Dudley
    Selected bibliography

  • Editor

    Steven Frye, California State University, Bakersfield
    Steven Frye is Professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield, and President of the Cormac McCarthy Society. He is the author of Understanding Cormac McCarthy and Historiography and Narrative Design in the American Romance, as well as numerous articles on Cormac McCarthy, Herman Melville and other novelists of the American romance tradition and the literature of the American West.


    Steven Frye, Linda Woodson, Phillip A. Snyder, Delys W. Snyder, Lydia R. Cooper, Brian Evenson, Timothy Parrish, Pierre Lagayette, James R. Giles, Nicholas Monk, Allen Josephs, Eric Carl Link, Stacey Peebles, John Dudley

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