CFP : "Cormac McCarthy, 2 calls for papers"

Cormac McCarthy and Philosophy - An Edited Collection
Editor : Chris Eagle
Contact email :
Beyond Reckoning : Philosophy in the Works of Cormac McCarthy will be the first edited collection dedicated to exploring the role of philosophy in McCarthy’s works. While he has long been considered a distinctly ‘philosophical’ writer, up until now, interdisciplinary work in this area has largely focused on existential or religious themes across his corpus. This collection builds upon that important foundational work, but also significantly expands the scope of philosophical inquiry into Mccarthy’s writings.

Some of the topics already covered in the volume include History, Materiality, Ecophenomenology, Tragedy, Gnosticism, Platonic Myth, and War. But we are still soliciting philosophical abstracts on topics such as Animality, Technology, Race, Philosophy of Science, and Political Philosophy. We also seek abstracts that deal with works other than "Blood Meridian" and “The Border Trilogy” in order to ensure balance in the collection.

Informal expressions of interest are welcome at any time. Formal expressions of interest should include a brief bio (100-200 words) and a 300-400 word abstract.


Call for Papers for the Next Volume in the Cormac McCarthy Society’s Casebook Series :

Carrying the Fire : Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and the Apocalyptic Tradition in Fiction

Contributions of up to 30 pages, typewritten, double-spaced in 12-point font are invited. Longer contributions may be considered under particular circumstances
Contributions or ideas for contributions, if you would like to discuss one before submitting a complete article, should be sent by email as Microsoft Word .doc or .docx attachements to Rick Wallach, casebook series editor, at Any ideas or outlines for pieces must be received no later than June 1, 2014, and complete essays must be received by July 15th, 2014.

We invite discussions of all aspects of the novel and the film version of the novel including :

  •  Character studies
  •  setting
  •  plot and theme
  •  stylistic issuesome
  •  the novel within the tradition of apocalyptic and horror literature, including disaster genres, the cannibal motif (or anthropophagy as a cultural convention)
  •  ecocriticism
  •  gender studies.
  •  Articles on the critical and public reception of this work, including the film version, will also be favorably considered.

    Please make sure to contact Rick Wallach, Society casebook series editor, at for further information or to discuss any ideas you may have for contributions which were not mentioned above.