Graulund, Rune (2010) Fulcrums and borderlands : A desert reading of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Orbis Litterarum, 65 (1). pp. 57-78.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
The article presents a reading of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006) in terms of the desert. The desert has been a landscape of central importance for McCarthy since Blood Meridian (1985), but it is of unprecedented importance in The Road. Physically, emotionally as morally, every choice the protagonists of The Road face as they trek across the bleak and abstract wasteland of a future America can in some way or other lead back to the ultimate question of deserta, of absence. The problem of the desert, in other words, is the barren ground upon which the central questions of the novel rest. The article concludes with the suggestion that The Road may present a new phase in McCarthy’s authorship, a shift heralded not just by McCarthy’s plunge into a new genre but possibly his entire philosophy.
|Keywords:||desert, wasteland, entropy, Cormac McCarthy, The Road, Blood Meridian, Literary History, Literature and Literary Theory|
|Subjects:||Language and Literature > Literature (General) > Literary History|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||15 Feb 2012 09:21|
|Last modified:||05 May 2016 00:19|