From June 14-17, the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute will host a conference exploring the work of Cormac McCarthy using a variety of perspectives, with a particular focus on his engagement with Irish culture and literature.
Cormac McCarthy has been a dominant presence in American fiction for over 50 years, acclaimed internationally for a body of work that includes No Country for Old Men and The Road, both of which became major films.
“Although it may not be immediately apparent from reading his fiction, Cormac McCarthy has strong ties to Ireland and Irish literature, ties which inform his approach to writing and which can be seen as central to his description of the American Southwest,” says Dr. Dara Downey of the Trinity School of English.
The event’s plenary address, titled “Babycinos at the End of the World: Parenthood and Cormac McCarthy,” will be delivered by Dr. Kevin Power, novelist and scholar of American literature from Trinity College’s School of English. from Dublin.
“Cormac McCarthy is one of the writers who shaped the American imagination today. This conference offers a unique opportunity to reflect on its importance, not only for American literature, but more generally for the culture of the 20th and 21st centuries,” says Dr. Power.
Topics to be discussed at the conference include “McCarthy, Catholicism and American Gothic”; “The Power of the Dead in the Works of Cormac McCarthy and Seamus Heaney”, “Hunger: McCarthy, Land Use and Ethical Consumption in the Face of Biological Catastrophe”; and Gothic Longing in Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark and James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’.
“Cormac McCarthy is an accomplished aesthetic alchemist, combining the raw material of human experience, identifiable history and philosophy, into works that will inspire readers and scholars for generations to come,” said Steven Frye. , one of the conference organizers and president of the Cormac McCarthy Society.
For more information, visit the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute website here.
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