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Slapstick Carnage:  The Absurd Universe of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

Slapstick Carnage: The Absurd Universe of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

They rode on. The horses trudged sullenly the alien ground and the round earth rolled beneath them silently milling the greater void wherein they were contained. In the neuter austerity of that terrain all phenomena were bequeathed a strange equality and no one thing nor spider nor stone nor blade of grass could put forth claim to precedence. The very clarity of these articles belied their familiarity, for the eye predicates the whole on some feature or part and here was nothing more luminous than another and nothing more enshadowed and in the optical democracy of such landscapes all preference is made whimsical and a man and a rock become endowed with unguessed kinships. (247) In “’The Very Life of the Darkness’: A Reading of Blood Meridian”, Steven Shaviro offers a general explanation of this leveling of hierarchies: “There is no interiority, no intentionality and no transcendence. The radical epistemology of Blood Meridian subverts all dualisms of subject and object, inside and outside, will and representation or being and interpretation” (148). David Holloway’s The Late Modernism of Cormac McCarthy extends this “strange equality” to the ultra economic goals underlying the riders’ actions, the fruits, as it were, of the scalping gang’s labors:
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From Walter Scott to Cormac McCarthy:Scottish Romanticism and the novel from the American South

From Walter Scott to Cormac McCarthy:Scottish Romanticism and the novel from the American South

https://biblioklept.org/2011/02/02/wake-for-susan-cormac-mccarthy/ [accessed 18/9/16] McGann, Jerome, The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation Chicago: The University of Chicago P[r]

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Perhaps in the world s destruction it would be possible at last to see how it was made The Post-Pastoral Postapocalypse of Cormac McCarthy s The Road

Perhaps in the world s destruction it would be possible at last to see how it was made The Post-Pastoral Postapocalypse of Cormac McCarthy s The Road

When it comes to people in the novel exhibiting rational behaviour, the most rational human beings in the novel are arguably the cannibals, who are ensuring their own survival by enslaving others. In this case acting in a rational manner certainly does not appear as a trait of human exceptionality as much as it does as a convenient excuse to justify the exploitation of others. On the other hand, the man, who is the closest thing to a hero in the novel is implied to be a doctor, or perhaps a scientist based on some of the things he says, most notably when he threatens a man by explaining to him how he would not hear the gunshot before the bullet hit his brain because bullets travel faster than sound, and as such he would no longer have “a frontal lobe and things with names like colliculus and temporal gyrus” (64) to process hearing with. Yet he never exhibits any knowledge above the ordinary, and most of his actions seem guided by survival instinct more than anything, showing that scientific knowledge in particular is not all that useful with no society to apply said knowledge in. This also points to rationalist attitudes being primarily a product of the surrounding culture, rather than some inherent quality of human beings: as with “The frailty of everything revealed at last” (28), humans become just another species of animals surviving primarily on instincts – which is certainly not a novel sentiment to McCarthy, whose works often resonate with such ethos of literary naturalism.
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Hell On Earth: A Modern Day Inferno in Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Hell On Earth: A Modern Day Inferno in Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Although the image of the wasteland is one McCarthy often employed in his previous novels, it is “reasserted more powerfully than ever before” in The Road, perhaps to suggest a human-caused catastrophe (Cant 269). The wasteland, constantly described though images of ash, death, and erosion of once-familiar things, appears early in the text: “The city was mostly burned. No sign of life. Cars in the street caked with ash, everything covered with ash and dust. Fossil tracks in the tried sludge. A corpse in a doorway dried to leather. Grimacing at the day” (12). The Road‟s reference to some version of a nuclear holocaust offers a startling realization in its preservation of some humans, including the protagonists. Just as Dante feels unworthy in his exclusive quest of the underworld, the man must wonder why he roams the earth while animals and even nature have been wiped out. The human beings‟ susceptibility to radiation or other effects of the “event” that killed insects, rodents, and shrubs, might cause them to contemplate why the universe essentially euthanized animals and most of nature at the “end of the world” but left man to wander in the absence of any provisional necessities. According to Cant, this also contradicts the Myth of American Exceptionalism because it points to the insignificance of the human/American lives of the protagonists (Cant 269). If the elusive event killed off most people and most creatures, those who were spared might not only feel survivors‟ guilt, but they may paradoxically feel cosmically insignificant and powerless, which illustrates a common McCarthy theme.
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"The immappable world of our journey": The Re-emergent Dream Forms in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy

"The immappable world of our journey": The Re-emergent Dream Forms in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy

world. Till he was old” (264). McCarthy does not dwell on the passage of time, not allowing it to affect the overall shape of the novel, as it is immaterial to the journey at the center of the characters’ existence. The major changes in his characters’ worldviews are their realizations that the events of the world and their own existences are not foreseeable but are full of uncertainty, contingency, “congealed suddenlys,” as Bakhtin writes. As an old man, Billy’s hands manifest the changes wrought on both his body and his mind, as the narrator describes in a brief tableau, “Gnarled, ropescarred, speckled . . . . the ropey veins that bound [his hands] to his heart. There was map enough for men to read. There God’s plenty of signs and wonders to make a landscape. To make a world” (CP 291). McCarthy takes his protagonist beyond the adventure-time that he functions in for most of the trilogy by noting the effects that it has on the body when the individual moves out of that “empty time.” Time, in this manifestation, has turned the physical features of the man into a personal landscape, reflective of his interaction with the world. Adventure-time, as McCarthy translates it, allows his protagonists to explore the chance interruptions of their lives in an unchanging landscape though eventually they move beyond this chronotope into a tentative awareness of the unseen forces that influence their lives. They are descendants of the ancient Greek heroes, stoic men on epic journeys, though the postmodern heroes seem ultimately more human, their impulses towards self-awareness, doubt, moral uncertainty serving as the components of their isolation.
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“Justified in the World”: Spatial Values and Sensuous Geographies in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

“Justified in the World”: Spatial Values and Sensuous Geographies in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

forced to negotiate the earth without a moral compass. The man’s ill-fated attempt to escape the consequences of his actions (or inaction) evokes a scene from McCarthy’s second novel, Outer Dark, in which the protagonist Culla Holme attempts to abandon a baby born from his incestuous relationship with his sister. Holme takes the child deep into the woods and leaves it there to die, but after stumbling through the trees in the darkness, he finds himself back where he started, confronted by his offspring, the irrefutable proof of his deeds (McCarthy, Outer Dark 5-18). 5 McCarthy’s men flee from the consequences of
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The Lush and the Barren: Nature in William Bartram’s Travels and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

The Lush and the Barren: Nature in William Bartram’s Travels and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

                         The  imagery  of  the  falcon  rests  on  the  specific  diction  of  “keel,”  a  nautical  term,  “gangly”   and  “blowsy.”    The  words  become  assertive  now  that  the  actual  falcon,  and  all  things  that  fly   through  the  sky,  have  been  erased.    It  is  through  these  details  that  McCarthy  becomes  “a  master   of   such   minute   calculations,   his   word   choice,   not   only   particular   in   meaning   but   particular   in   sound  as  well,  bringing  attention  to  the  individual  properties  of  words  and  then  drawing  them   into   a   peculiar   music”   (81).   The   nautical   descriptions   correspond   with   the   theme   of   the   text   which   finds   nature   shipwrecked   and   completely   abandoned,   just   like   the   crane   that   trails   “its   plumage  in  the  autumn  air.”  
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Post-Apocalyptic Language and Gender Aspects in McCarthy s The Road: The Sacred Idiom Shorn of Its Referents

Post-Apocalyptic Language and Gender Aspects in McCarthy s The Road: The Sacred Idiom Shorn of Its Referents

Lee Clark Michell writes in his essay “ ‘ Make It Like Talk That You Imagine’: The Mystery of Language in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road” that this “dystopian novel registers the end of a culture and through its varying linguistic register becomes a testament to cultural renewal itself “(Mitchell 205). Michell and the other critics mentioned later in this study, have taken language as the starting point for their study although from different standpoints. Michell states that The Road is not “a mere story of survival but a complex meditation on the crossroads of past and present, on the relation between language and experience, and some kind of a compromise between narrative and the tradition of literary expression”. According to Michell there is an effort to keep the language alive by the father, as when he tells his son long forgotten things from the past to make them alive for him (207). He finds the value of The Road in its insistence that words themselves, as part of a continuing domestic dialog as well as an enduring cultural legacy, are a necessary but not sufficient stay against dissolution when everything is lost (207). Michell presents, as an example, a fragment of The Road where the father is thinking of the world irrevocably gone, and not only the world but the word as well as he tries to think of something to say and cannot (208). Manuel Broncano, on the other hand, when referring to the same passage suggests that what McCarthy does is to construct a kind of “neologism” as a new interpretation to existing words so to link the vanishing world to a grammatical construction that can be parsed into basic units, these units being less every day (Broncano 133).
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River discharge simulation using variable parameter McCarthy–Muskingum and wavelet-support vector machine methods

River discharge simulation using variable parameter McCarthy–Muskingum and wavelet-support vector machine methods

based support vector machine to predict the discharge in a river reach where the lateral flow 127.. is very significant.[r]

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A core outcome set for clinical trials of chemoradiotherapy interventions for anal cancer (CORMAC): a patient and health-care professional consensus.

A core outcome set for clinical trials of chemoradiotherapy interventions for anal cancer (CORMAC): a patient and health-care professional consensus.

Fish, R, Sanders, C, Adams, R et al. (8 more authors) (2018) A core outcome set for clinical trials of chemoradiotherapy interventions for anal cancer (CORMAC): a patient and health-care professional consensus. Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 3 (12). pp. 865-873. ISSN 2468-1253

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Last Updated: October CALIFORNIA FORMS OF ORGANIZATION Morrison & Foerster LLP Susan Mac Cormac and Clare Reilly 1

Last Updated: October CALIFORNIA FORMS OF ORGANIZATION Morrison & Foerster LLP Susan Mac Cormac and Clare Reilly 1

corporations are the most common form of California nonprofit corporations, the following discussion is limited to public benefit corporations. A California public benefit corporation m[r]

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Blasphemy and the Modern, "Secular" State (2012 recipient of the McCarthy Tétrault Law Journal Prize for Exceptional Writing)

Blasphemy and the Modern, "Secular" State (2012 recipient of the McCarthy Tétrault Law Journal Prize for Exceptional Writing)

A criminal law determining who can say what about religion may affect society differently than one which protects minority groups from hate speech because the law will in essence be re[r]

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Cormac G Ryan, P Margaret Grant, Philippa M Dall, Heather Gray, Mary Newton and Malcolm H Granat. Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Cormac G Ryan, P Margaret Grant, Philippa M Dall, Heather Gray, Mary Newton and Malcolm H Granat. Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

This finding supports previous research by Spenkelink et al (2002) who reported that evening time was the period when people with chronic low back pain had the greatest decrease in le[r]

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Engaging with Narrative and IPA in Youth and Community Work Research. Graham Bright (York St John University) and Karen McCarthy (MMU)

Engaging with Narrative and IPA in Youth and Community Work Research. Graham Bright (York St John University) and Karen McCarthy (MMU)

Phenomenology is a broad church, which is unified by a commitment understanding the essence of lived experience (Creswell, 2013) in such a way that not only recognises through rich de[r]

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Catholic Church. Christmas at Christ the King Parish! Rev. Fr. Carl McCarthy, Pastor. The Mission of Christ the King Catholic Church

Catholic Church. Christmas at Christ the King Parish! Rev. Fr. Carl McCarthy, Pastor. The Mission of Christ the King Catholic Church

THE  NEXT  KOINONIA  TEAM  MEETING  will  be  Sunday,  January  19  at  4pm  in  our Parish Office Conference Room.  Our  Koinonia Retreat is set for February  21,  22  &  23,  2020.  Those  on  our  Koinonia  Core Team  thus far are:  Barb  Schnapf  ,  Lay Leader; Marsha Segebarth,   Assistant Lay Leader; Fr.  Carl  McCarthy,  Spiritual  Director  and  Pa y  Brown,  Resource  Director.  If  you  have  made  a  Cursillo,  TEC,  Lazarus  Retreat,  Emmaus  Walk,  or  a  Great  Banquet  and  would like  to be a part  of  our 2020 Koinonia Team, then  please  reach  out to  one of those  named  above, and you  will be warmly welcomed.  
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McCarthy Tétrault. The British Columbia Community Charter: What is Going On and What Does it Mean for You? Part III

McCarthy Tétrault. The British Columbia Community Charter: What is Going On and What Does it Mean for You? Part III

Canada’s constitution does not recognize municipalities as a separate order of government, and hence the scope of municipal powers is ultimately always a matter of provincial policy.. Re[r]

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INSIDE. A Justification for Intrusion Detection. Symantec Enterprise Security. by Linda McCarthy. Executive Security Advisor Office of the CTO

INSIDE. A Justification for Intrusion Detection. Symantec Enterprise Security. by Linda McCarthy. Executive Security Advisor Office of the CTO

A traditional signature-based deployment, based on the number of sensors deployed, requires one sensor for each network segment, plus the cost of hardware, software, and systems administ[r]

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Florida: Expenditures and Best Practices. Kevin McCarthy. URP 6111 Planning, Policy and Politics

Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Florida: Expenditures and Best Practices. Kevin McCarthy. URP 6111 Planning, Policy and Politics

2 for low-income families (Town of Davie Housing and Community Development, 2010).. most other grantees in Florida, it has specific budgets for rehabilitation spate from acquisition[r]

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Dame Maud McCarthy (1859–1949): Matron-in-Chief, British expeditionary forces France and Flanders, First World War

Dame Maud McCarthy (1859–1949): Matron-in-Chief, British expeditionary forces France and Flanders, First World War

were intense and new precedents in nursing were set. 4 Three types of hospitals were established in the South African conflict, the 'field' (rarely staffed by nurses), the 'stationary' and the 'general base'. 5 Casualties were transported from the initial field hospitals to the marginally better equipped and staffed stationary and general base hospitals, and for the first time nurses worked on the hospital trains that transported casualties to the various hospitals. 4 The British Army Nursing Service in the South African War shaped a new model for nursing care during war; developments were made in the use of anaesthetics and drugs, in administration, including the distribution of medical equipment, greater efficiency in evacuation and treatment of casualties; improved standards of hygiene, and an emphasis on the use of highly trained nursing staff. 6 McCarthy undoubtedly drew much military nursing knowledge from her experience in South Africa. On returning to Britain after the South African War, McCarthy worked as matron in Aldershot, Netley and Millbank military hospitals in England, and in 1910 was appointed Principal Matron at the British War Office. 2 In four years’ time her role as Principal Matron would be one of the most important in army nursing history.
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Incentives on the Starting Grid in Formula One Racing. Laurence M. McCarthy Stillman School of Business Seton Hall University

Incentives on the Starting Grid in Formula One Racing. Laurence M. McCarthy Stillman School of Business Seton Hall University

(1) The estimation, equation 1, allows us to analyze the odds that a driver makes contact in the first turn based on that drivers starting position.. To control for any non-linearities[r]

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