McCarthy Syntax

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  • 03 Aug 2015 at 8:08 am #7412

    Jason Parker
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    I’m no scholar but I’m interested in understanding McCarthy’s syntactic and paradigmatic choices and whom he has modeled. Are there any essays or articles about this?


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    03 Aug 2015 at 11:07 am #7416

    Richard L.
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    The bibliography will yield much if you are interested in scholarly articles on McCarthy’s paradigmatic choices. His syntax was to a degree based upon Faulkner in the first three published novels and upon Hemingway more in the western trilogy. I’d say Beckett in his later works, though his style throughout is affected by James Joyce, Nelson Algren, Joseph Conrad, and a host of others.

    There is already another thread in this forum on his many influences making this thread rather redundant.


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    03 Aug 2015 at 12:41 pm #7417

    Jason Parker
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    Thanks.

    This forum is barely active so even a little redundancy couldn’t hurt.


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    03 Aug 2015 at 1:16 pm #7418

    Richard L.
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    Well, yes–not like the old days. Part of this is because Cormac McCarthy is now a known entity rather than a reclusive mystery. We now have a great wealth of critical literature based upon his works to turn to. . .that we did not have back then. o

    But on the other hand, while the forum may be less active, scholars who come here to ask questions can usually get a solid answer (or at least a valid direction) without much ado. I think that’s a good thing.


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    03 Aug 2015 at 5:53 pm #7419

    Glass
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    Reading the OP, I was reminded of a McCarthy scholar from years ago who wrote cool stuff on how CM “sounds,” how he pulls off certain magical linguistic tricks with his words. I couldn’t precisely remember her name but came up with it through a bit of Googling. Her name is Beatrice Trotignon. Try to get ahold of some of her McCarthy papers. Amazing stuff. I think I am remembering that right. While I was at it, I ended up buying Rick Wallach’s Myth, Legend, Dust, a classic in McCarthy criticism I have wanted forever, and noticed Trotignon has an article within. Peter Josyph might be another good one to read along these lines.


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    31 Aug 2015 at 3:49 am #7564

    Beatrice
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    Thank you for mentioning my work. Jason, you can also check out the work of Nancy Kreml, Terri Witek, Sean Pryor, Martin Boyne and Lindsay Banco. They all deal with McCarthy’s styles, rhythms, sentences. From what I remember, Jay Ellis also goes into the nitty gritty stuff of sentences and their music.


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