The Frontier Ethic behind Cormac McCarthy's Southern Fiction

June 2011
Arizona Quarterly;Summer2011, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p155
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article presents literary criticism of the so-called southern fiction of author Cormac McCarthy, including the books "The Orchard Keeper," "Outer Dark," and "Child of God". It is suggested that despite their disparate tones, these works all celebrate the frontier values of freedom, individualism, and self-sufficiency which are similar to those featured in his more popular works. Other topics include the western genre of literature and the critical reception of McCarthy's works.


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