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Cormac McCarthy's Borders and Landscapes


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Preface Lou Jillett (University of Western Sydney, Australia) Frontier Violence 1. Doomed Enterprises at Caborca: The Henry Crabb Expedition of 1857 and McCarthy's Unquiet American Boys Dianne Luce (Midlands Technical College, USA) 2. Creatureliness and Justice in Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses Lucy Neave (Australian National University, Australia) 3. Terra Damnata: The Anticosmic Mysticism of Blood Meridian Petra Mundik (University of Western Australia, Australia) Comparative Literature and Landscape 4. "Knowledge Was Never a Matter of Geography": Patrick White and Cormac McCarthy Jan Nordby Gretlund (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark) 5. McCarthy, W.G. Sebald and A.N. Whitehead: Metaphysical Prose Tom Lee (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia) 6. Cormac McCarthy and Tim Winton: Working "From the Ecosystem Up" Joel Found (University of Southampton, UK) Bioregionalism and Nomadism in McCarthy's Western Literature 7. The Blood of a Nomad: Environmental Stylistics and All the Pretty Horses Dave Gugin (University of Guam, Guam) 8. Baroque Meridians: Between Myth and Actuality on the American Frontier Kate Montague (University of New South Wales, Australia) 9. Cormac McCarthy's Topologies of Violence Katja Rebmann (University of Warwick, UK) Liminal Thresholds 10. Textual Borders in Cormac McCarthy's Novels: The Poetics of Paragraph Breaks in The Road Beatrice Trotignon (Universite Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cite, Larca, France) 11. Flanerie, Vagrancy and Voluntary Exile in Cormac McCarthy's Suttree Lou Jillett (University of Western Sydney, Australia) 12. Suttree, Flaubert, Joyce Anthony Uhlmann (University of Western Sydney, Australia) Interdisciplinary Approaches 13. Western Scourge: Myth, Language and Law in Blood Meridian and Deadwood Paul Sheehan (Macquarie University, Australia) 14. McCarthy's Time Image David Otto Fitzgerald (University of Sydney, Australia) 15. What's Wrong With What's Wrong With The Counselor Peter Josyph (Independent Scholar and Painter, USA) Bibliography List of Contributors Index

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Showcases a range of approaches to McCarthy's landscapes, covering the full span of his works, from the early Appalachian novels set in rural Tennessee, through to the Southwestern novels set along the U.S./Mexico border, as well as a treatment of the highs and lows of McCarthy's literary and cinematic career, from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Road to the subsequent limited success of The Counselor.

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Louise Jillettis a tutor in the School of Humanities & Communication Arts and a PhD Candidate at the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, Australia.


Lou Jillett has drawn together a collection of essays by both established and up-and-coming McCarthy scholars that covers the full range of the author's career, but which also focuses on ecocritical and bioregional approaches to the author's work. Much of the previous scholarship in that area has focuses on The Road, as Jillett notes in her preface, but clearly inquiries in to topics like frontier violence, nomadism, and borders or liminal thresholds (as three of the five sections of the collection are titled) are both contemporarily relevant and applicable to all of McCarthy's work. And in a nod to the collection's origins, comparisons with the Australian authors Patrick White and Tim Winton are also included. Jillett has curated an excellent addition to McCarthy studies, and anyone who wants to know what Cormackians are talking about these days would do well to seek it out. * Stacey Peebles, Associate Professor of English and Director of Film Studies, Centre College, USA, and editor of The Cormac McCarthy Journal *
Cormac McCarthy's Borders and Landscapes is a rich and contemporary collection that explores the full range of McCarthy's works, from his early southern novels to his later work, much of it situated in the American West. Interpreting the idea of 'border' broadly, these essays explore both interior and exterior borders in the context of philosophy, psychology, and literary theory, with a particular focus on ecocriticism and bioregionalism. Various chapters take on with vigor and incisive vision McCarthy's persistent exploration of violence and its human and ecological consequences. The volume is comparative in approach, with careful attention paid to the author's evolution in perspective and his increasingly global vision. The volume is an essential addition to a rich body of criticism, and it makes a tremendous contribution to our understanding of one of the most important authors of our time. * Steven Frye, Professor of English, California State University, Bakersfield, USA, author of Understanding Cormac McCarthy, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy and The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American West *
This new collection of essays on Cormac McCarthy beautifully captures the topology of his prose: its rootedness to particular places and non-places, but also its metaphysical stoniness. Always lively and varied, the book truly internationalises McCarthy, opening his work up to new borders and vistas. * Chris Danta, Senior Lecturer in English, University of New South Wales, Australia *
The scholarly breadth, theoretical rigour and interdisciplinarity of this collection place it at the leading edge of McCarthy criticism. Cormac McCarthy's Borders and Landscapes offers a range of original critical perspectives on this most fascinating of writers, providing an invaluable guide for readers who wish to explore fresh ways of reading McCarthy's work through the prism of exciting new departures in literary criticism. * David Holloway, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, University of Derby, UK *
A major event in McCarthy studies ... Jillett's edited book deserves high praise ... [It] opens up an as yet understudied field of research within McCarthy scholarship ... A much-needed book that conjoins the ecocritical and the media-theoretical perspectives within the transnational community of McCarthy scholars ... An indispensable guide for those interested in the latest developments of McCarthy studies. * The Cormac McCarthy Journal *

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