20th Anniversary Conference Schedule

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Berea College
Berea, Kentucky
March 6-9, 2013

Wednesday, March 6

2:30-4 p.m. Session I: John Grady Cole, Hisself
The Skylight Room, Historic Boone Tavern

  • The Character of John Grady Cole.
    Rob McInroy, Nottingham University.
  • Cowboy Character in All the Pretty Horses.
    Phillip A. Snyder, Brigham Young University.
  • John Grady Cole, the American Moses: All the Pretty Horses and the Exodus Mythos.
    Thomas R. Cody, Providence College.
  • No Country for Young Men: Intertextual Connections between All the Pretty Horses and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
    Leslie Harper Worthington, Gadsden State Community College.

4:15-5:45 p.m. Session II: Blood Meridian
The Skylight Room, Historic Boone Tavern

  • Cormac McCarthy’s Citizen-Soldiers from Blood Meridian to No Country for Old Men.
    Ty Hawkins, Walsh University.
  • The Judge’s Molar: Infanticide and the Meteorite in Blood Meridian.
    Russell Hillier, Providence College.
  • A Clamoring for Representation: Trauma and Language in Blood Meridian.
    Matthew Hagan, Oregon State University, Corvallis.
  • Blood Meridian and the Old West Fossil Feuds.
    David McKay Powell, Eastern Kentucky University.

7 p.m. Reception and Welcome
Coyle Gathering Room, Historic Boone Tavern

8:15 p.m. Keynote: Peter Josyph, “How Cormac McCarthy Saved Civilization”
Coyle Gathering Room, Historic Boone Tavern

Thursday, March 7

All Thursday Sessions will be held in the Baird Lounge on the second floor of the Alumni Building on Campus.

8:30-10 a.m. Session III: Mexico in The Border Trilogy I (“This is another country.”)

  • “…no greater monster than reason”: Mexico and Spain in All the Pretty Horses.
    Allen Josephs, University of West Florida.
  • “Some monument to a lost expedition”: Out Beyond the Borders in The Crossing.
    Brad McDuffie, Nyack College.
  • Doomed Enterprises in Caborca: Billy Parham, the Ex-Mormon, and the Crabb Expedition of 1857.
    Dianne C. Luce, Independent Scholar.
  • Mexico, Catholicism, and Conversion in Cities of the Plain.
    Bryan Giemza, Randolph Macon College.

10:15-11:45 a.m. Session IV: The Appalachian Works I

  • “Ballard among gothic treeboles”: Genre, Voyeurism, and the Search for Morality in Child of God.
    M. Allie Blair, University of Mississippi.
  • New Southern Gothic: Zombies of the “Once Grand House.”
    Jay Ellis, University of Colorado.
  • The Limits of Culture: Sympathetic Revulsion in Child of God.
    Bill Phillips, University of Mississippi.
  • “It’s All In Your Mind”: Culla Holme, Appalachia, and Outer Dark’s Grim Triune.
    Gabe Rikard, SUNY Loch Sheldrake.

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1-2:30 p.m. Session V: All the Pretty Horses I (Themes)

  • “Take care with whom you break bread”: The Sacramental Meal in All the Pretty Horses.
    Julie Ooms, Baylor University.
  • “A Relationship of Diverging Equity”: Searching for Justice in Cormac McCarthy’s Borderlands.
    Susan Tyburski, University of Denver.
  • The homo sacer and the sovereign in All the Pretty Horses.
    Nadine Fessler, M.A., Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
  • Inside “La Periquera”: Prisons and Power in All the Pretty Horses.
    Lydia Cooper, Creighton University.

2:45-4:15 p.m. Session VI: Teaching Cormac McCarthy

  • Ridden Off Wet and into Chilling Sunsets: Using the Film and Novel Versions of All the Pretty Horses Together To Teach Evaluating Adaptations.
    David Cremean, Black Hills State University.
  • Teaching The Road in the General Education Classroom.
    Benjamin S. West, SUNY at Delhi.
  • How Not to Write like Cormac McCarthy.
    Stephen Pastore, Independent Scholar, Senior Editor, Grand Oaks Books Publishing.

4:30-6 p.m. Session VII: Fun and Miscellaneous Stuff I

  • Notes from Knoxville: Some Allusions to Country Music in Suttree.
    Wesley Morgan, University of Tennessee Knoxville.
  • Grandad’s Old Thumb-Buster: Weaponry as Cultural Iconography in All the Pretty Horses.
    Scott Yarbrough, Charleston Southern University.
  • Transcending the “F” Word: The Literary Heritage of the Frontier in The Border Trilogy.
    Carole Juge, University of Paris.

6-8 p.m. Opening Reception: All the Pretty Horses: A Tribute. By Peter Josyph.
Works on Paper Celebrating Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses.
Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Berea College

Dinner at Liberty

Friday, March 8

All Friday Sessions will be held in the Baird Lounge on the second floor of the Alumni Building on Campus.

8:30-10 a.m. Session VIII: Mexico in The Border Trilogy II

  • “Mexico Is Not Europe”: Cormac McCarthy’s Mexican History in All the Pretty Horses.
    Manuel Broncano, Texas A&M International University.
  • The Role of Mexico in All the Pretty Horses: Then and Now.
    Alia Haddad, New York University School of Film Studies.
  • Mojado Reverso—or, a Reverse Wetback: On John Grady Cole’s Concealed Identity in All the Pretty Horses.
    Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, University of Puerto Rico.
  • Out Where the West Begins: Landscape in All the Pretty Horses.
    Allen Berry, University of Southern Mississippi.

10-15-11:45 a.m. Session IX: All the Pretty Horses II (Stylistics and Rhetoric)

  • “Did you give your word?”: The Ardenthearted Speech Acts of All the Pretty Horses.
    Christopher White, Governors State University.
  • Levels of Narrative Intrusion in the Dialogue in All the Pretty (Little) Horses: A Stylistic Analysis.
    Delys Snyder, Brigham Young University.
  • Border and Horizon.
    Evan Edwards, DePaul University.
  • Cryptonomy and All the Pretty Horses.
    Stephen Tatum, University of Utah.

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1-2:30 p.m. Session X: The Appalachian Works II

  • Plenary Lecture: Order and Chaos: Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Cormac McCarthy and the Cumberland Gap.
    H. R. Stoneback, SUNY New Paltz.
  • Tearing a Home in the Outer Dark: Allusions in the Names Culla and Rinthy Holme.
    Woods Nash, University of Tennessee.
  • Parallax in Suttree and Ulysses.
    Lou Jillette, University of Western Sydney.
  • Tracks in the Ashes: An Intertextual Analysis of the End of The Road.
    Matt Dodson, Oregon State University.

2:45-4:15 p.m. Session XI: All the Pretty Horses III (More Themes)

  • Spectral Mourning: The Geography of Absence in All the Pretty Horses.
    Cynthia Ostrom, University of South Dakota.
  • All the Pretty Horses: Stuck in the Dream of a Boundless Desert.
    Irene Nasi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
  • “And they rode on”: Figures and Gestures of Removal in All the Pretty Horses.
    Aaron Cloyd, University of Kentucky.
  • “The horses share a common soul”: Myth, Identity, and Deep Ecology in John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown and Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses.
    Jeff Yeager, West Virginia University.

4:30-6 p.m. Session XII: Fun and Miscellaneous Stuff II

  • A Photographic Record of the Places in All the Pretty Horses.
    Gene Young, Sam Houston State University.
  • End-zones: Why John Grady Cole Would Have Made One Hell of a Quarterback.
    Molly McBride Lasco, Lone Star College

7 p.m-whenever: 20th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration
Windswept Lodge

Saturday, March 9

9-10:30 a.m. Session XIV: Valedictory and Breakfast
Skylight Room, Historic Boone Tavern

  • The Sunset Limited and The Screwtape Letters.
    Marty Priola, Webmaster, The Cormac McCarthy Society.
  • All the Pretty (Picture Book) Horses: McCarthy as Verbal Illustrator.
    Randall Wilhelm, Clemson University.
  • Picturebook Horses: The Problem of Cultural Capital in All the Pretty Horses.
    Nell Sullivan, University of Houston-Downtown.
  • The Promise of Oblivion: Clambering Through the Ruins of Cormac McCarthy’s Fiction.
    Peter Weber, Independent Scholar.

Revised 17 Feb 2013

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