Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cormac McCarthy Journal vol. 6, no. 1 (Fall 2008)


Volume 6 of the Cormac McCarthy Journal was dedicated to discussing The Road, McCarthy's 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning, post-apocalyptic novel.

Noting the striking variety of perspective, approach, and method present in the articles, John Cant, the editor for this issue, notes that
There is nothing surprising in that of course, but what is truly astonishing is that they are all able to demonstrate convincingly that all their tropes, images and ideas are to be found in McCarthy’s text in ways which make one sure that he is aware of them himself, that they are not unconscious influences. From Job to Schopenhauer and Derrida, from the Christian mystics to Steinbeck and Ford, from the ‘locomotive’ imagery of death to the painterly imagery of still life, McCarthy seems to know and revere them all. What other living writer displays such erudition?
Table of Contents: 

Editor’s Notes
John Cant

Beyond the Border: Cormac McCarthy in the New Millennium
Dianne C. Luce (6-12)

Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited: Dialogue of Life and Death: A Review
of the Chicago Production
Dianne C. Luce (13-21)

Another Sense of Ending: The Keynote Address to the
Knoxville Conference
Jay Ellis (22-38)

The Route and Roots of The Road
Wesley G. Morgan (39-47)

The Post-Southern Sense of Place in The Road
Chris Walsh (48-54)

The End of the Road: Pastoralism and the Post-
Apocalyptic Waste Land of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
Tim Edwards (55-61)

Full Circle: The Road Rewrites The Orchard Keeper
Louis Palmer (62-68)

Hospitality in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
Phillip A. Snyder (69-86)

Mapping The Road in Post-Postmodernism
Linda Woodson (87-99)

Compassionate McCarthy?: The Road and Schopenhauerian Ethics
Euan Gallivan (100-06)

Sighting Leviathan: Ritualism, Daemonism and the Book of Job in McCarthy’s
Latest Works
John Vanderheide (107-120)

“The lingering scent of divinity” in The Sunset Limited and The Road
Susan J. Tyburski (121-28)

“Golden chalice, good to house a god”: Still Life in The Road
Randal S. Wilhelm (129-49)

Contributor Biographies (150)

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    2 comments:

    1. Part of a review on Cant's take on The Road:
      "Cant's study of McCarthy is pretty dry (it is an academic study after all), and his argument regarding a supposed critique of American Exceptionalism in "The Road" is barely existent and what is argued is comically weak. It seems as if Cant's real interest lies in uncovering McCarthy's Oedipal themes, which he mentions throughout this study. On that subject, Cant's readings seem much more legitimate and impassioned. Overall, this book left me confused as to why Cant nominally takes on AE when his interests seemingly lie elsewhere. In any case, it made me want to read more McCarthy and pay closer attention to his use of American mythology."

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    2. Chispita,

      Thanks for relaying this bit of this review. It makes an interesting observation about Cant's primary assertion.

      "In any case, it made me want to read more McCarthy and pay closer attention to his use of American mythology."

      In part at least, this effect is most likely what Cant would have wanted!

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