Stacey Peebles and Benjamin West are co-editing the collection Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy, a volume that will be part of the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series.
As part of the MLA’s process, we’re now opening a survey for folks to tell us about their own teaching practices, and the survey also includes instructions about how to propose an original essay for the volume: a 500-word abstract, due by 1 May 2016. The abstract should describe your approach or topic and explain its potential efficacy for students and instructors alike.
As the instructions in the survey explain, the abstract (as well as a short CV, please) can be emailed to Stacey and Ben at TeachingCormacMcCarthy@gmail.com. (The survey has information about what kinds of files can be attached and how to submit by surface mail if necessary.)
Feel free to email us individually with questions if you like: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. We’re happy to talk in more detail about the kinds of topics that we envision for the volume.
Thanks to everyone who’s already helped us with conversation and ideas, and we hope this will make for a helpful resource in McCarthy studies.
For the first time in Cormac McCarthy Studies the University of Warwick and IATL is live-streaming a workshop on the author’s acclaimed novel Blood Meridian. Join us on Friday 20 November from 09:45 hours GMT on live stream for an informal day with the judge.
Yes, 9:45 GMT is 4:45 AM EST on this side of the pond, but there are two bits of good news: (1) the symposium will be going on all day so feel free to link up once you’ve had your beauty sleep, and (2) the proceedings are being videorecorded and will be available, presumably in some edited form, at some future date if you miss it on Friday. We’ll be sure to let you know when the recorded version becomes available, too.
Peter Josyph will be attending this year’s conference at the University of Memphis. He will be reading and signing at an event celebrating the launch of Webmaster Marty Priola’s new publishing venture, Priola House, and the imminent availability of a new ebook, The Wrong Reader’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses.
The Website isn’t up yet, but conference attendees will have the opportunity to buy, at special conference-only prices, a new broadside designed by Marty Priola and featuring art and text by Peter Josyph. The broadside, titled “How Cormac McCarthy Saved Civilization,” will be available in two editions totaling a scant 126 copies.
Society members have already received the email containing information about our upcoming Memphis gathering, but I wanted to post a note here to let you know that we’ve posted that information on the Web site, and it’s accessible from the handy link to your right. We’ll be updating this information as things change; check back or email us with questions or concerns.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Cormac McCarthy’s first novel, The Orchard Keeper. To celebrate this milestone, The Cormac McCarthy Society and the Department of English at The University of Memphis will co-sponsor a conference devoted to McCarthy’s work.
Information on registration fees is forthcoming. The conference will be held on campus in the University Center (UC), and rooms will be available at the Holiday Inn at approximately US$129 per night and the Fogelman Executive Conference Center at approximately US$79 per night. Both hotels are on campus and within walking distance of the UC.
Those interested in presenting at the conference should submit a one-to-two-page abstract of their proposed paper as a Word document to The Cormac McCarthy Society at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please copy Society President Steven Frye at s…@csub.edu. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015. We especially invite papers on teaching The Orchard Keeper at any academic level, though all McCarthy-related topics will be considered.
More information to come as we finalize our plans, but please mark your calendars!
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Cormac McCarthy will be recognized in a ceremony at Knoxville Catholic High School, his alma mater. KCHS graduates David Valencia and Eric Theodore will present a plaque honoring the author and a charcoal drawing of McCarthy’s high school senior photograph, both of which will be hung in the school’s library.
This event represents the culmination of a student-led campaign to honor McCarthy at KCHS, which Valencia and Theodore began in 2010 with the Cormac McCarthy Club. The ceremony has been tentatively set for 1:00 p.m.