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The Frailty of Everything Revealed at Last: Reading Cormac McCarthy's ‘The Road’ - GO9136

Goldsmiths, University of London

This class will offer students a chance to join members of the Department of English and Comparative Literature as they examine Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, which is, incidentally, one of the newer additions to the A Level syllabus. The novel will be considered in a range of contexts, for example: America after 9/11; climate change, ecological catastrophe and extinction; ideas of the American South; borders, frontiers and ‘Manifest Destiny’; and modernism and postmodernism. In so placing the novel, the class will consider the ways these contexts inform McCarthy’s narrative styles and strategies, themes and use of language. In offering guided, rigorous close readings of the text, the class will ensure that interested and prepared students are ideally placed to write original and insightful essays about this recent novel that speaks to the pressing issues of our times.

Please ensure that you have read 'The Road' in advance of this taster session.

Applications to this taster course open at 10am, 1 March 2019

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English & Comparative Literature taster course at Goldsmiths, University of London