This collection offers a fresh approach to the work of Cormac McCarthy, one of the most important contemporary American authors. Essays focus on his work across the genres and/or in constellation with other writers and artists, presenting not only a different "angle" on the work, but setting him within a broader literary and artistic context. Such an approach offers a view of McCarthy that is strikingly different to previous collections that have dealt with the work in an almost exclusively "single author" and/or "single genre" mode. McCarthy’s novels are increasingly regarded as amongst the most rich, the most complex, and the most insightful of all recent literary responses to prevailing conditions in both the USA and beyond, and this collection recognizes the intertextual and interdisciplinary nature of his work. Contributors draw back the curtain on some of McCarthy’s literary ancestors, revealing and analyzing some of the fiction’s key contemporary intertexts, and showing a complex and previously underestimated hinterland of influence. In addition, they look beyond the novel both to other genres in McCarthy’s oeuvre, and to the way these genres have influenced McCarthy’s writing.

chapter |5 pages


ByNicholas Monk

chapter 1|18 pages

Blood Meridian and Classical Greek Thought

ByDavid Williams

chapter 2|17 pages

The Ties that Bind

Intertextual Links between All the Pretty Horses and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
ByMegan Riley McGilchrist

chapter 3|11 pages

Cormac McCarthy and the American Literary Tradition

Wording the End
ByJan Nordby Gretlund

chapter 4|16 pages

Cormac McCarthy's House

ByPeter Josyph

chapter 5|22 pages

The Painterly Eye

Waterscapes in Cormac McCarthy's The Road
ByDianne C. Luce

chapter 6|10 pages

The Silent Sheriff

No Country for Old Men—A Comparison of Novel and Film
ByJohn Cant

chapter 7|12 pages

“A Namelessness Wheeling in the Night”

Shapes of Evil in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and John Carpenter's Halloween
ByMichael Madsen

chapter 8|9 pages

“A Novel in Dramatic Form”

Metaphysical Tension in The Sunset Limited
ByCiarán Dowd

chapter 9|24 pages

Believing in The Sunset Limited

Tom Cornford and Peter Josyph on Directing McCarthy
ByTom Cornford, Peter Josyph

chapter 10|10 pages

Cold Dimensions, Little Worlds

Self, Death, and Motion in Suttree and Beckett's Murphy
ByEuan Gallivan

chapter 11|13 pages

From Blue to Blood

Jean Toomer's “Blue Meridian” and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian as Intertexts
ByJohn Ferer

chapter 12|16 pages

Versions of the Seeleroman

Cormac McCarthy and Leslie Silko
ByNicholas Monk