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Hello, my name is Priscilla Dominguez and I am a graduate student at Our Lady of the Lake University. I am conducting research for a presentation paper on how McCarthy uses alcohol within Blood Meridian. Are there any recommendations of research that has been done, published or available on this topic? Anything will help. Thank you.
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Good luck on your paper. It sounds quite interesting.
(edit) Alcoholism plays a part in a lot of McCarthy’s early works, and as noted above, you should certainly see John Sepich’s NOTES ON BLOOD MERIDIAN.
Me, I rather suspect that McCarthy’s greater theme in his entire body of work is that of addiction in general. All of our addictions–to alcohol, to drugs, to television, certainly to war, and to whatever have their root or secret cause in the fear of death and nothingness. If you are interested enough in this line of thinking, you should read Ernest Becker’s THE DENIAL OF DEATH. Also THE WORM AT THE CORE: ON THE ROLE OF DEATH IN LIFE by Greenberg, Solomon, and Pyszczynki, which follows up on Becker and presents scientific research in support of Becker’s original ideas.
I am doing alcohol in McCarthy as part of my PhD project. Have you come across W. J. Rorabaugh’s The Alcoholic Republic? I found that really useful and it’s very well written and referenced, so you’ll probably be able to take it from there.
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