American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

Cormac McCarthy’s Philosophy

Authors: Hawkins, Ty

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  • Offers interdisciplinary appeal for scholars beyond literary studies, including those in philosophy, religion, film studies, and American Studies
  • Examines the whole of McCarthy’s canon including his famed novels: Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, and The Road
  • Uniquely approaches McCarthy not just as a writer but also a contemporary philosopher
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This study contends that American writer Cormac McCarthy not only is philosophical, or a “writer of ideas,” but rather that he has a philosophy. Devoting one main chapter to each facet of McCarthy’s thought – his metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, respectively – the study engages in focused readings of all of McCarthy’s major works. Along the way, the study brings McCarthy’s ideas into conversation with a host of philosophers who range from Plato to Alain Badiou, with figures such as William James, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, and Slavoj Žižek featured prominently. Situated at the crossroads of literary studies, literary theory, cultural studies, continental philosophy, and theology, the appeal of Cormac McCarthy’s Philosophy is widespread and deeply interdisciplinary.  

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Ty Hawkins is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Walsh University of Ohio, USA, where he teaches courses in American literature and rhetoric. His first book, Reading Vietnam Amid the War on Terror, appeared in 2012. He has also published in journals such as CritiqueCollege Literature, and Papers on Language and Literature

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“Given the breadth of his corpus . . . McCarthy would seem to pose an unusual challenge for this kind of analysis. Undeterred, Ty Hawkins takes up the challenge in his new book Cormac McCarthy’s Philosophy—an audacious and often brilliant amplification of this form of literary scholarship and an important critical resource for understanding McCarthy’s oeuvre.  . . . [F]uture Cormackians will find much to ponder as they think through and with Hawkins’s McCarthian philosophy.” (Raymond Malewitz, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, Vol. 16 (1), 2018)

“In this book that is simultaneously concise and formidable, Ty Hawkins traces Cormac McCarthy's philosophical engagement (a project that has previously been undertaken by many) in order to argue that McCarthy's oeuvre demonstrates a coherent and consistent philosophy of its own (a project that has seldom been attempted.)  Hawkins succeeds here because of the depth and breadth of his own knowledge and his strong powers of analysis and synthesis.  To read this book is to see what's possible with the right tools--a theme that's not unheard of in McCarthy, either.” (Stacey Peebles, Editor, The Cormac McCarthy Journal and NEH Associate Professor of English and Director of Film Studies, Centre College, USA)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cormac McCarthy’s Philosophy
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47367-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47367-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47366-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83721-5
Series ISSN
2634-579X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 145
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