UT to Host Cormac McCarthy Scholar
KNOXVILLE — Author and Cormac McCarthy scholar Christopher J. Walsh will speak at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville and at Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, April 7-8.
Walsh will discuss his latest book on McCarthy, “In the Wake of the Sun: Navigating the Southern Works of Cormac McCarthy,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
On Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m., Walsh will give a talk on “Publishing With a Digital Press,” in the Hodges Library Auditorium, 1015 Volunteer Blvd. Both events are free and open to the public.
Walsh published “In the Wake of the Sun” with Newfound Press, the UT Libraries’ digital press. The book offers a close textual analysis of all of the Southern works of McCarthy, a Knoxville native, along with an overview of the notable critical responses to the books. Introducing readers, scholars and students to the major themes running through McCarthy’s books, Walsh guides readers through the significant critical dialogues surrounding each text.
“McCarthy’s work obviously reverberates beyond East Tennessee and Appalachia,” Walsh writes in the conclusion to the book, “but we should not underestimate how much the region has informed McCarthy’s artistic development. The humor, tall tales and oral traditions indigenous to the region are lovingly recreated in McCarthy’s Southern texts, and this love of narrative informs his Western and Southwestern works.”
Print copies of the book will be available for purchase for $25 each. His book is available for online viewing by visiting http://www.newfoundpress.utk.edu/pubs/walsh/.
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