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Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac Mccarthy's Westerns

Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac Mccarthy's Westerns (Paperback)

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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.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: Campus Verlag Publication Date: 15/09/2016 ISBN-13: 9783593505541  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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James Dorson is assistant professor of North American studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Freie Universitat Berlin.

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