Cover image for A Cormac McCarthy companion : the Border trilogy
Title:
A Cormac McCarthy companion : the Border trilogy
Author:
Arnold, Edwin T.
Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xi, 280 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Autotextuality, or dialogic imagination in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy / Christine Chollier -- "Go to sleep": dreams and visions in the Border trilogy / Edwin T. Arnold -- "Wars and rumors of wars" in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy / John Wegner -- "As of some site where life had not succeeded": sorrow, allegory, and pastoralism in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy / George Guillemin -- The world on fire: ethics and evolution in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy / Jacqueline Scoones -- The vanishing world of Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy / Dianne C. Luce -- Cowboy codes in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy / Phillip A. Snyder -- Boys will be boys and girls will be gone: the circuit of male desire in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy / Nell Sullivan -- Crossing from the wasteland into the exotic in McCarthy's Border trilogy / J. Douglas Canfield.
ISBN:
9781578064007

9781578064014
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library PS3563.C337 B6733 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

With essays by Edwin T. Arnold, J. Douglas Canfield, Christine Chollier, George Guillemin, Dianne C. Luce, Jacqueline Scoones, Phillip A. Snyder, Nell Sullivan, and John Wegner

The completion of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy-- All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994), and Cities of the Plain (1998)--marked a major achievement in American literature. Only ten years earlier this now internationally acclaimed novelist had been called the best unknown writer in America.

The trilogy is McCarthy's most ambitious project yet, composed at the height of his mature powers over a period of fifteen years. It is "a miracle in prose," as Robert Hass wrote of its middle volume, an unsentimental elegy for the lost world of the cowboy, the passing of the wilderness, and the fading innocence of post--World War II America. The trilogy is a literary accomplishment with wide appeal, for despite the challenging materials in each book, these volumes remained on bestseller lists for many weeks.

This collection of essays is the first book to examine these novels as a trilogy, the first to read them as an integrated whole. Together these explorations of McCarthy's magnum opus serve as an ideal companion reader.

Represented here are nine of the most notable Cormac McCarthy scholars, both American and European. Their essays provide a substantial exploration of the trilogy from different perspectives. Included are gender issues, eco-critical approaches, explications of the war or land history underlying the trilogy, studies of narrative voice, dreams, the cowboy tradition, and the pastoral tradition, and considerations of McCarthy's moral and spiritual outlook. These essays complement one another in highly provocative ways, prompting new appreciation of the complexity of McCarthy's work and the profundity of his vision.

Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce are editors of Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy (University Press of Mississippi). This new volume is an admirable companion to Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy , bringing McCarthy scholarship into the 21st century.


Summary

With essays by Edwin T. Arnold, J. Douglas Canfield, Christine Chollier, George Guillemin, Dianne C. Luce, Jacqueline Scoones, Phillip A. Snyder, Nell Sullivan, and John Wegner

The completion of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy-- All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994), and Cities of the Plain (1998)--marked a major achievement in American literature. Only ten years earlier this now internationally acclaimed novelist had been called the best unknown writer in America.

The trilogy is McCarthy's most ambitious project yet, composed at the height of his mature powers over a period of fifteen years. It is "a miracle in prose," as Robert Hass wrote of its middle volume, an unsentimental elegy for the lost world of the cowboy, the passing of the wilderness, and the fading innocence of post--World War II America. The trilogy is a literary accomplishment with wide appeal, for despite the challenging materials in each book, these volumes remained on bestseller lists for many weeks.

This collection of essays is the first book to examine these novels as a trilogy, the first to read them as an integrated whole. Together these explorations of McCarthy's magnum opus serve as an ideal companion reader.

Represented here are nine of the most notable Cormac McCarthy scholars, both American and European. Their essays provide a substantial exploration of the trilogy from different perspectives. Included are gender issues, eco-critical approaches, explications of the war or land history underlying the trilogy, studies of narrative voice, dreams, the cowboy tradition, and the pastoral tradition, and considerations of McCarthy's moral and spiritual outlook. These essays complement one another in highly provocative ways, prompting new appreciation of the complexity of McCarthy's work and the profundity of his vision.

Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce are editors of Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy (University Press of Mississippi). This new volume is an admirable companion to Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy , bringing McCarthy scholarship into the 21st century.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

This collection of essays focuses on Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy novels, which were published in the 1990s. The same publisher has published an earlier collection of essays, Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy, ed. by Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce (1993, rev. ed. 1999), which deals with the writer's earlier work. In the new volume one of the essays refers to Bakhtin, one is feminist, others focus on content only. There is no overall theoretical bias; therefore only readers of a general sort who are attracted to McCarthy's late work will have any interest in this volume. Since that is a narrow focus, this volume will probably not be of much interest in academic libraries. Not recommended. Q. Grigg emeritus, Hamline University


Choice Review

This collection of essays focuses on Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy novels, which were published in the 1990s. The same publisher has published an earlier collection of essays, Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy, ed. by Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce (1993, rev. ed. 1999), which deals with the writer's earlier work. In the new volume one of the essays refers to Bakhtin, one is feminist, others focus on content only. There is no overall theoretical bias; therefore only readers of a general sort who are attracted to McCarthy's late work will have any interest in this volume. Since that is a narrow focus, this volume will probably not be of much interest in academic libraries. Not recommended. Q. Grigg emeritus, Hamline University


Google Preview