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Counternarrative possibilities : virgin land, homeland, and Cormac McCarthy's westerns

Author: James Dorson
Publisher: Frankfurt : Campus Verlag, [2016] ©2016
Series: Nordamerikastudien, Bd. 36.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Counternarrative Possibilities reads Cormac McCarthy's westerns against the backdrop of American mythology's two formative national tropes: virgin land (from the 1950s) and homeland (after 9/11). Looking at McCarthy's westerns in the context of American studies, James Dorson shows how his books counter the national narratives underlying these tropes and reinvest them with new, potentially transformative meaning.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Cormac McCarthy; Cormac McCarthy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Dorson
ISBN: 9783593505541 3593505541
OCLC Number: 944087444
Description: 308 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Narratives and Counternarratives. The Power of Narrative ; Counternarrative Possibilities ; American Studies and the Virgin Land Myth ; American Studies and the Homeland Myth --
Cormac McCarthy's Westerns. Blood Meridian and the Misrule of Law ; Aesthetic Coldness ; Blood Meridian's Dangerous Absolutes ; Saving Romance from 'America' in the Border Trilogy ; From Pastiche to Tragedy ; Conclusion: Perilous Ground.
Series Title: Nordamerikastudien, Bd. 36.
Responsibility: James Dorson.

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"Counternarrative Possibilities reads Cormac McCarthy's westerns against the backdrop of American mythology's two formative national tropes: virgin land (from the 1950s) and homeland (after 9/11). Looking at McCarthy's westerns in the context of American studies, James Dorson shows how his books counter the national narratives underlying these tropes and reinvest them with new, potentially transformative meaning. Departing from prevailing accounts of McCarthy that place him in relation to his literary antecedents, Counternarrative Possibilities takes a forward-looking approach that reads McCarthy's work as a key influence on millennial fiction. Weaving together disciplinary history with longstanding debates over the relationship between aesthetics and politics, this book is at once an exploration of the limits of ideology critique in the twenty-first century and a timely, original reconsideration of McCarthy's work after postmodernism"--Back cover.

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