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A bloody and barbarous god : the metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy, Petra Mundik

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A bloody and barbarous god : the metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy
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A bloody and barbarous god
Title remainder
the metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy
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Petra Mundik
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Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy
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eng
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This book looks at the esoteric philosophical influences on six of Cormac McCarthy's novels. The author offers a fresh approach, investigating the relationship between Gnosticism, a system of thought that sees the cosmos as evil and holds that the human spirit must strive for liberation, and the Perennial Philosophy, a study of the common factor in all esoteric religions. She examines the ways these two traditions have influenced McCarthy's later novels. Mundik discusses six books: Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain, No Country for Old Men, and The Road, with a particular focus on Blood Meridian and The Crossing, a novel that has received less critical attention than the others. She argues that in all McCarthy's novels the author strives to evolve an explanation for the nature of God and that all the novels are concerned with the meaning of human existence in relation to good and evil. Blood Meridian is the subject of the first four chapters. The author examines the spiritual traditions embodied in the landscape and the characters and shows how the novel departs from traditional spirituality and moves toward rationalism, materialism, reductionism, and nihilism. Subsequent chapters look at the theology and philosophy of the other novels and trace McCarthy's preoccupations with fate and evil. In some of the novels she sees suggestions of the power of hope and redemption. Any reader of McCarthy's fiction will find her analyses accessible and useful. -- from dust jacket
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Mundik, Petra
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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index present
LC call number
PS3563.C337
LC item number
Z775 2016
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non fiction
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  • McCarthy, Cormac
  • McCarthy, Cormac
  • Metaphysics in literature
  • Good and evil in literature
  • Apocalypse in literature
  • Gnosticism in literature
  • Philosophy in literature
  • Mysticism in literature
  • Spirituality in literature
  • Apocalypse in literature
  • Gnosticism in literature
  • Good and evil in literature
  • Metaphysics in literature
  • Mysticism in literature
  • Philosophy in literature
  • Spirituality in literature
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A bloody and barbarous god : the metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy, Petra Mundik
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-412) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction." A direct apprehension of reality": Cormac McCarthy and the perennial philosophy -- "Terra damnata": anticosmic mysticism in Blood meridian -- "Suzerain of the earth": the mystery of the judge in Blood meridian -- "Disciples of a new faith": satanic parody in Blood meridian -- "This luminosity in beings so endarkened": gnostic soteriology in Blood meridian -- "Diverging equity": the nature of existence in All the pretty horses -- "All was fear and marvel": positive and negative epiphanies in The crossing, Book one -- "The illusion of proximity": transcendence and immanence in The crossing, Book two -- "Mourners in the darkness": blindness and insight in The crossing, Book three -- "The right and godmade sun": destiny and salvation in The crossing, Book four -- "Beauty and loss are one": transience and fate in Cities of the plain -- "The bloody and barbarous god": sin and forgiveness in Cities of the plain -- "That man who is all men": the illusory and the real in the epilogue to The border trilogy -- "In all that dark and all that cold": good and evil in No country for old men -- "All things of grace and beauty": the presence of the sacred in The road
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919068047
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 426 pages;
Isbn
9780826356703
Lccn
2015025658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)919068047
Label
A bloody and barbarous god : the metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy, Petra Mundik
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-412) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction." A direct apprehension of reality": Cormac McCarthy and the perennial philosophy -- "Terra damnata": anticosmic mysticism in Blood meridian -- "Suzerain of the earth": the mystery of the judge in Blood meridian -- "Disciples of a new faith": satanic parody in Blood meridian -- "This luminosity in beings so endarkened": gnostic soteriology in Blood meridian -- "Diverging equity": the nature of existence in All the pretty horses -- "All was fear and marvel": positive and negative epiphanies in The crossing, Book one -- "The illusion of proximity": transcendence and immanence in The crossing, Book two -- "Mourners in the darkness": blindness and insight in The crossing, Book three -- "The right and godmade sun": destiny and salvation in The crossing, Book four -- "Beauty and loss are one": transience and fate in Cities of the plain -- "The bloody and barbarous god": sin and forgiveness in Cities of the plain -- "That man who is all men": the illusory and the real in the epilogue to The border trilogy -- "In all that dark and all that cold": good and evil in No country for old men -- "All things of grace and beauty": the presence of the sacred in The road
Control code
919068047
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 426 pages;
Isbn
9780826356703
Lccn
2015025658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)919068047

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