The Cormac McCarthy Journal


Vol. 17, No. 2, 2019

Desert Gothic: Cormac McCarthy, Paul Bowles, and Don Waters
Toward the end of Blood Meridian "the man" comes across a bizarre procession:They were led by a pitero piping a reed and then in procession a clanging of tambourines and matracas and men naked to the waist in black capes and hoods who flailed themselves...
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Vol. 16, No. 1, 2018

Existing without Consent: American History and the Judge in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian
In the introduction to the 2010 edition of Cormac McCarthy's 1985 novel Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness in the West, literary critic Harold Bloom forewarns readers about the carnage in the pages that follow. He prepares them for their textual...
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Vol. 16, No. 2, 2018

Geography, Genre, and Gender: Billy Parham's Crossings and the Search for American Masculinity
Our great novelists, though experts on indignity and assault, on loneliness and terror, tend to avoid treating the passionate encounter of a man and a woman, which we expect at the center of the novel. Indeed, they rather shy away from permitting in...
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Two Men in a Trickbag: White, Black, and the Operation of Schopenhauerian Ethics in Cormac McCarthy's the Sunset Limited
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro narrow chinks of his cavern.-WILLIAM BLAKE, MARRIAGE, PLATE I4But the most glaring example of [the...
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