Cormac McCarthy and the Myth of American Exceptionalism
By John Cant
Routledge – 2007 – 372 pages
This overview of McCarthy’s published work to date, including: the short stories he published as a student, his novels, stage play and TV film script, locates him as a icocolastic writer, engaged in deconstructing America’s vision of itself as a nation with an exceptionalist role in the world.
Introductory chapters outline his personal background and the influences on his early years in Tennessee whilst each of his works is dealt with in a separate chapter listed in chronological order of publication.
John Cant teaches film at Essex University and is currently editing the next edition of The Journal of the Cormac McCarthy Society.