A Comparative Study of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy and William Faulkner’s Works (72582)

Session Information: Literature, Literary Studies and Theory
Session Chair: Eiko Ohira

Friday, 22 September 2023 11:50
Session: Session 2
Room: Gracia
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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Cormac McCarthy, a writer in the vein of Southern Gothic literature represented by William Faulkner, often describes the gruesome South. John Burt and Jonathan Yardley opine that McCarthy is perhaps the writer most influenced by Faulkner. However, in Fred Hobson and Barbara Ladd’s The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South (2016), a book of nearly 600 pages, McCarthy is not mentioned: he is treated as if he were not a Southern writer. Burt argues that McCarthy began to move away from Faulkner’s influence in his mid-period works. In addition, Martyn Bone states that the fact that McCarthy moved the setting of Blood Meridian, the Border Trilogy, and No Country for Old Men from Tennessee to Texas and Mexico shows his desire to free himself from Faulkner’s influence; however, it is not that simple. Texas is often classified as a Southern state due to its geographic location and its membership in the Confederacy during the Civil War. The United States Census Bureau also classifies Texas as Southern. Therefore, McCarthy’s shifting of the setting of his mid-period and later novels from Tennessee to Texas does not change his depiction of the South. This presentation argues that the Border Trilogy, unlike the prevailing theory espoused by Burt, Bone, and others, is significantly influenced by Faulkner and that the trilogy inherits Faulkner’s themes and develops them brilliantly.

Shinsuke Ohchi, Hiroshima University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Shinsuke Ohchi is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Hiroshima University in Japan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00