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Counternarrative Possibilities : Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac Mccarthy's Westerns (Paperback)

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Counternarrative Possibilities reads Cormac McCarthy’s Westerns against the backdrop of the two formative national tropes of virgin land (from the 1950s) and homeland (after 9/11) in American mythology. While both of these figures have been used in exceptionalist discourse about the United States, they are also intimately connected with the emergence and transformation of the field of American Studies. Using an integrative approach to read McCarthy’s Westerns in relation to both their ideological context and the institutionalized ideology critique that has shaped their reception, the book shows how McCarthy’s Westerns simultaneously counter the national narratives underlying the tropes of virgin land and homeland and reinvest them with new, potentially transformative meaning. McCarthy’s work of the 1980s and 1990s both draws on postmodern strategies of narrative disruption and departs from them by staging a return to narrative that prefigures recent ‘postpostmodern’ developments. Departing from prevailing accounts of McCarthy that place him in relation to his literary antecedents, Counternarrative Possibilities takes a forward-looking approach that reads McCarthy’s work as a key influence on millennial fiction. Weaving together disciplinary history with longstanding debates over the relationship between aesthetics and politics, Counternarrative Possibilities is at once an exploration of the limits of ideology critique in the 21st century and a timely reconsideration of McCarthy’s work ‘after postmodernism.’ 
Number of Pages: 308
Genre: Literary Criticism
Series Title: North American Studies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: James Dorson
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2016
TCIN: 51717505
UPC: 9783593505541
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-5955

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