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Cormac McCarthy and the Myth of American Exceptionalism

By John Cant

© 2008 – Routledge

384 pages

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This overview of McCarthy’s published work to date, including: the short stories he published as a student, his novels, stage play and TV film script, locates him as a icocolastic writer, engaged in deconstructing America’s vision of itself as a nation with an exceptionalist role in the world.

Introductory chapters outline his personal background and the influences on his early years in Tennessee whilst each of his works is dealt with in a separate chapter listed in chronological order of publication.

Table of Contents


Part I

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Personal and Literary Biography

Chapter Three: Tennessee Background

Part II: The Tennessee Texts

Chapter Four: Wake For Susan and A Drowning Incident

Chapter Five: The Orchard Keeper

Chapter Six: Outer Dark

Chapter Seven: Child of God

Chapter Eight: Suttree

Chapter Nine: The Stonemason

Chapter Ten: The Gardener’s Son

Part III: The Southwestern Texts

Chapter Eleven: Blood Meridian

The Border Trilogy:

Chapter Twelve: All the Pretty Horses

Chapter Thirteen: The Crossing

Chapter Fourteen: Cities of the Plain

Chapter Fifteen: No Country for Old Men

Chapter Sixteen: Conclusion

Appendix One: The Sunset Limited

Appendix Two: The Road

Appendix Three: Supplementary Bibliography




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LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General