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Week 8: Confronting the Other: Mexico in All the Pretty Horses

Novel: All the Pretty Horses

General Reading:

Edwin T. Arnold, ‘Naming, Knowing and Nothingness: McCarthy’s Moral Parables’ in Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce (eds), Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy (Jackson, 1999), pp. 45-70.

Glen David Young, ‘Review: The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy’, The English Journal, 84:7 (1995), pp. 99-100. Available online via JSTOR

Stephen Tatum, All the Pretty Horses: A Reader’s Guide (New York and London, 2002).

The Cormac McCarthy Society, ‘Biography’, The Official Website of the Cormac McCarthy Society, 2009). http://www.cormacmccarthy.com/Biography.htm

Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce, ‘Introduction’ in Edwin T. Arnold and Dianne C. Luce (eds), Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy (Jackson, 1999), pp. 1-16.

Wade Hall and Rick Wallach (eds), Sacred Violence (2 vols, El Paso, 2002). Vol 2: Articles by Raymond Todd and Diane Luce

 

Topics to be considered and further reading: Mexico in the American imagination, Self and Other, race, violence, death

 

1. Mexico in the American imagination

James F. Brooks, ‘Served Well by Plunder: La gran ladronería and Producers of History Astride the Río Grande’, American Quarterly, 52:1 (2000), pp. 23-58. Available online via JSTO.

Mark Busby, ‘Into the Darkening Land, the World to Come: Cormac McCarthy’s Border Crossings’ in Rick Wallach (ed.), Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy (Manchester, 2000), pp. 227-48.

Daniel Cooper Alarcón, ‘All the Pretty Mexicos: Cormac McCarthy’s Mexican Representations’ in James Lilley (ed.), Cormac McCarthy: New Directions (Albuquerque, 2002), pp. 141-52.

Sarah Deutsch, No Separate Refuge: Culture, Class, and Gender on an Anglo-Hispanic Frontier in the American Southwest, 1880-1940 (Oxford, 1987).

David Gutiérrez, ‘Significant to Whom? Mexican Americans and the History of the American West’, Western Historical Quarterly, 24:4 (1993), pp. 519-39. Available online via JSTOR

David Gutiérrez, ‘Migration, Emergent Ethnicity, and the “Third Space”: The Shifting Politics of Nationalism in Greater Mexico’, Journal of American History, 86:2 (1999), pp. 481-517. Available online via JSTOR

José Limón, ‘Tex-Sex-Mex: American Identities, Lone Stars and the Politics of Racialized Sexuality’, American Literary History, 9:3 (1997), pp. 598-616. Available online via JSTOR.

Paula Moya and Ramón Saldivar, ‘Fictions of the Trans-American Imaginary’, Modern Fiction Studies, 49:1 (2003), pp. 1-18. Available online via MUSE

John Wegner, ‘ “Mexico para los Mexicanos”: Revolution, Mexico and McCarthy’s Border Trilogy’ in Rick Wallach (ed.), Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy (Manchester, 2000), pp. 249-255.

 

2. Violence, Gender and Others

Vince Brewton, ‘The Changing Landscape of Violence in Cormac McCarthy’s Early Novels and the Border Trilogy’, The Southern Literary Journal, 31:1 (2004), pp. 121-43. Available online via MUSE

Timothey P. Caron, ‘ “Blood is Blood”: All the Pretty Horses in the Multicultural Literature Class’ in James Lilley (ed.), Cormac McCarthy: New Directions (Albuquerque, 2002), pp. 153-70.

Mark Eaton, ‘Dis(re)membered Bodies: Cormac McCarthy’s Border Fiction’, Contemporary Literature, 49:1 (2003), pp. 155-180. Available online via MUSE.

Susan Kollin, ‘Genre and the Geographies of Violence: Cormac McCarthy and the Contemporary Western’, Contemporary Literature, 42:3 (2001), pp. 557-88. Available online via JSTOR.

Patrick Shaw, ‘Female Presence, Male Violence and the Art of Artlessness in the Border Trilogy’ in Rick Wallach (ed.), Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy (Manchester, 2000), pp. 256-66.

Katherine Sugg, ‘Multicultural Masculinities and the Border Romance in John Sayles’s Lone Star and Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy’, CR: The New Centennial Review, 1:3 (2001), pp. 117-54. Available online via MUSE

Linda Townley Woodson, ‘Leaving the Dark Night of the Lie: A Kristevan Reading of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Fiction’ in James Lilley (ed.), Cormac McCarthy: New Directions (Albuquerque, 2002), pp. 267-84.