Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy's Westerns by James Dorson (review)

Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy's Westerns by James... Studies in American Naturalism vol. 11, no. 2 Naturalism, Edith Wharton Review, The Ellen Glasgow Journal of Southern Women Writers, The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism, and elsewhere. Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy’s Westerns, by James Dorson. Campus Verlag: Frankfurt/ New York, 2016. 360 pp. Paper, $48.00. steven frye We live within narratives, whether those narratives are the books we read, the national myths we respond to, or the story oriented constructs by which we create meaning and organize our lives. But authors such as Cormac McCarthy unsettle those dominant narrative forms by presenting alternative structures that open new and liberating ways of perceiving individual events in history and the grand myths that have defined the American imaginary. This is the central claim of James Dorson’s rich and compelling Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy’s Westerns. The volume is divided into two main parts with a series of chapters within each, the first dealing with narrative theory and the second the application of that theory to the Western novels of Cormac McCarthy, particularly Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West (1985), and the Border Trilogy, which includes All the Pretty http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Naturalism University of Nebraska Press

Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy's Westerns by James Dorson (review)

Studies in American Naturalism, Volume 11 (2) – Aug 29, 2016

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Studies in American Naturalism vol. 11, no. 2 Naturalism, Edith Wharton Review, The Ellen Glasgow Journal of Southern Women Writers, The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism, and elsewhere. Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy’s Westerns, by James Dorson. Campus Verlag: Frankfurt/ New York, 2016. 360 pp. Paper, $48.00. steven frye We live within narratives, whether those narratives are the books we read, the national myths we respond to, or the story oriented constructs by which we create meaning and organize our lives. But authors such as Cormac McCarthy unsettle those dominant narrative forms by presenting alternative structures that open new and liberating ways of perceiving individual events in history and the grand myths that have defined the American imaginary. This is the central claim of James Dorson’s rich and compelling Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy’s Westerns. The volume is divided into two main parts with a series of chapters within each, the first dealing with narrative theory and the second the application of that theory to the Western novels of Cormac McCarthy, particularly Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West (1985), and the Border Trilogy, which includes All the Pretty

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Published: Aug 29, 2016

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