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Katja Laug

PhD Candidate English and Comparative Literary Studies

"Cormac McCarthy's Mementos of the Broken Body"

My current research focusses on issues surrounding the body and violence in literature, specifically in Contemporary American Literature and Cormac McCarthy. My PhD project on Cormac McCarthy is influenced by sociology's body studies and various other approaches to understanding the material body, such as memory studies, continental philosophy, medical humanities, and anthroplogy. To examine the material body in McCarthy's work, I am drawing on motifs such as eyes and faces, alcoholism and illness, waste and value, scars and wounds, corpses and monstrosity. My PhD project is supervised by Dr Nicholas Monk and Professor Thomas Docherty.

While my PhD project focusses on McCarthy, other interests include authors such as Chuck Palahniuk, Don DeLillo, and J.G. Ballard, whose work I have previously read through continental philosophy and techno-culture criticism.

I have presented papers on "Cormac McCarthy's Topology of Violence" at the Borders and Landscapes Conference at the University of Western Sydney in July 2014 and the Crossroads and Transgressions: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds Conference in Berlin in July 2016 on the subject of "'A delegation of human ruin': Reading the Body in Cormac McCarthy's Work". In 2017, I spoke at the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS) biannual conference in Odense, Denmark, at the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH) annual conference in Umeå, Sweden, and The Cormac McCarthy Society Conference in Austin, Texas. All papers were held on Cormac McCarthy's work.

Supported by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning at Warwick, I organised the "And so the Judge Returns: Blood Meridian Workshop" in November 2015, which was live-streamed at the time. Speakers included Dr Nick Monk, Dr David Holloway, Peter Josyph, and Dr Dan O'Hara. The edited videos are now available on YouTube.


Katja Laug

K dot Laug at warwick dot ac dot uk

Cormac McCarthy’s Borders and Landscapes, ed. by Louise Jillett