Teaching Blood Meridian

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  • 16 Sep 2016 at 6:53 pm #8561

    jwyeager
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    Hi all:

    So I thought I would post an inquiry about experiences with teaching Blood Meridian to McCarthy scholars and enthusiasts. Some of you may remember me from the Berea conference a few years ago; I’m a Ph.D. candidate at West Virginia University working on a dissertation on the impact of medical reform debates on 19th Century American literary genres, but I enjoy working on and teaching McCarthy when I can. I’m teaching a sort of “Introduction to Literature” style course on American Popular Culture themed around Westerns, and I’m using Blood Meridian as sort of a way of framing/reexamining the West based off of much of the popular media that came before it as well as a way of showcasing the high art/low art delineation amongst literary scholars. My course is mostly full of first semester college students who are all bright and enthusiastic to this point in the semester so far (and who also are all gradually cultivating their critical lenses of reading literature and film). I’m mostly interested in hearing about approaches that have worked well for all of you who have taught the novel. I’ve taught the Road in a previous course on American Horror writing to some success, though as everyone knows Blood Meridian is a different beast altogether.

    Here’s my syllabus in case some of you would like to look over it to see what I’m doing with the class. Any feedback on that too would be appreciated:

    http://literarycomputing.wvu.edu/files/d/44297632-463e-4596-a83a-065973732795/english-258-yeager-fall-2016.pdf

    I look forward to some discussion!

    Jeff Yeager


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    26 Sep 2016 at 5:26 pm #8589

    Glass
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    Thanks for the info on your class. Looks difficult, interesting and enriching.

    Berea was a fine conference. Hope someone lines up another one soon.


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    19 Oct 2016 at 2:25 pm #8648

    Katja
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    Hi Jeff,

    Nick Monk did a workshop on Blood Meridian – you can watch it here, maybe that’ll give you some ideas?!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8WcXPpgedQ


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