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The Changing Landscape of Violence in Cormac McCarthy's Early Novels and the Border Trilogy

The Changing Landscape of Violence in Cormac McCarthy's Early Novels and the Border Trilogy The Changing Landscape of Violence in Cormac McCarthy’s Early Novels and the Border Trilogy by Vince Brewton Cormac McCarthy’s appearance on the national literary radar with the successful publication of All the Pretty Horses, after years of largely “academic” interest in his work, also inaugurated on a substan- tive level a clearly defi ned second phase in his career as a writer. Chro- nology alone would mark McCarthy’s fi rst phase as a novelist as the two decades between 1965 and 1985 that saw the publication of The Orchard Keeper r r, Outer Dark, Child of God d d, Suttree, and Blood Meridian, while the Border Trilogy spans the 90s, including All the Pretty Horses s (1992), The Crossing (1994), and his latest, Cities of the Plain n (1998). A histori- cist approach to McCarthy’s fi ction, however, corroborates the chrono- logical separation in that it reveals the correlations between the work of McCarthy’s two major periods on the one hand and the cultural mo- ments, popular and otherwise, with which their conception and compo- sition coincided. A clear and discernible correlation exists between the novels of Mc- Carthy’s fi rst period and the era of American history defi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

The Changing Landscape of Violence in Cormac McCarthy's Early Novels and the Border Trilogy

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 37 (1) – Jan 11, 2005

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2004 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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1534-1461

Abstract

The Changing Landscape of Violence in Cormac McCarthy’s Early Novels and the Border Trilogy by Vince Brewton Cormac McCarthy’s appearance on the national literary radar with the successful publication of All the Pretty Horses, after years of largely “academic” interest in his work, also inaugurated on a substan- tive level a clearly defi ned second phase in his career as a writer. Chro- nology alone would mark McCarthy’s fi rst phase as a novelist as the two decades between 1965 and 1985 that saw the publication of The Orchard Keeper r r, Outer Dark, Child of God d d, Suttree, and Blood Meridian, while the Border Trilogy spans the 90s, including All the Pretty Horses s (1992), The Crossing (1994), and his latest, Cities of the Plain n (1998). A histori- cist approach to McCarthy’s fi ction, however, corroborates the chrono- logical separation in that it reveals the correlations between the work of McCarthy’s two major periods on the one hand and the cultural mo- ments, popular and otherwise, with which their conception and compo- sition coincided. A clear and discernible correlation exists between the novels of Mc- Carthy’s fi rst period and the era of American history defi

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 11, 2005

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