Monday, August 2, 2010

Locating McCarthy in the Broader Literary Traditions

In a recent edition of the Cormac McCarthy Journal, Mike Fonash reviews Cormac McCarthy: American Canticles (GBks) by Kenneth Lincoln.

Fonash makes an interesting comment at the beginning of his review that puts McCarthy's work in context, helping readers locate the McCarthy corpus in the broader literary traditions: 
Kenneth Lincoln, well- known for his extensive writings involving Native American Literatures, returns his focus to the world of contemporary American fiction in his recent study Cormac McCarthy: American Canticles.

Unlike any other McCarthy critic up to this point, Lincoln offers an alternative intertextual reading that configures McCarthy’s fictions as holding a firm position in the tradition of the great tales of not only America, but the tradition of the Classics as well. Lincoln’s book does not view McCarthy’s writing as postmodern patch-work, thus killing off the author, or as authoritative historical narratives, but instead as tales being told within and to be read alongside the cohesive panoply of the greater narrative tradition.
—Mike Fonash, "Review of Cormac McCarthy: American Canticles," in Cormac McCarthy Journal vol. 7 no. 1 (2009): 40. 


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