Sydney 2014: Call for Papers

Cormac McCarthy:
Borders and Landscapes

An International Conference Presented by
The Writing and Society Research Centre at
The University of Western Sydney and
The Cormac McCarthy Society

Sydney, Australia
July 24-25, 2014

Call for Papers

Taking Cormac McCarthy’s interest in place (as well as displacement) into consideration, the theme of this conference will be “Borders and Landscapes.” Some possible approaches to this theme might include:

  • the role of exploration in McCarthy’s novels
  • cartography, topography and methods of navigation
  • frontiers and frontier myths
  • the political philosophy of borders in Mccarthy’s Western novels
  • the organization of geographical spaces into sovereign territories
  • McCarthy’s philosophy of Nature
  • Environmental philosophy in works such as The Orchard Keeper
  • the destruction of landscape in works like Blood Meridian and Suttree
  • the post-apocalyptic landscape of The Road
  • the confrontation between Technology and Nature in McCarthy’s works
  • the relationship between the individual and the environment
  • landscape and community in works such as Outer Dark and Child of God
  • comparisons to the treatment of landscape in Australian fiction by writers like Patrick White, Miles Franklin, Thea Astley, Peter Carey, Henry Lawson, Julia Leigh, Thomas Keneally, Tim Winton, et al.

We welcome expressions of interest across a wide range of themes and disciplines, including, but not limited to those listed above. Given that the conference focuses on an American author, but will be taking place on Australian shores, we especially encourage abstracts on the geographical spaces of the two countries as they are represented in literature.

Details including special events, transportation, accommodation and conference fees will be available shortly on the Writing and Society and Cormac McCarthy Society websites.

Meanwhile, the deadline for abstracts is November 30, 2013. Abstracts for a 20 minute talk should be 200-300 words. Abstracts should be emailed, along with a current CV, to both Lou Jillett and Rick Wallach. Please send your submissions to both email addresses.

Given the historical nature of this event in McCarthy Studies, we hope to see you in Sydney.

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