112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Western American Literature II

Session Chair: 
Tim Luther, California Baptist University
Session 10: Sunday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Raincross E


  1. Dan Reade, Norco College
    Cormac McCarthy, like all great authors, uses the openings of his novels to introduce themes. However, McCarthy is distinct in that he also uses the phonemic features of his openings, their very sounds, as part of these introductions. This paper will explore these phonemic features in McCarthy's The Border Trilogy.
  2. Andrew Harnish, University of North Dakota
    This paper views Cormac McCarthy’s All The Pretty Horses as a “portrait of the artist as a young man,” wherein the adventures of its cowboy-prodigy protagonist, John Grady, stand in for incidents in the life of a talented young artist. 
  3. David Rose, Humboldt University (Germany)
    In his novel Model Home, Eric Puchner intertwines the dissolution of a family with the topography of the American West. In my paper, I argue that this notion of place is of central importance and helps to establish the novel’s vision of the dark underside of 1980s California and beyond.
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