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'All these things he saw and did not see': Witnessing the end of the world in Cormac McCarthy's The Road

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Stark, H, 'All these things he saw and did not see': Witnessing the end of the world in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Critical Survey, 25, (2) pp. 71-84. ISSN 0011-1570 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Berghahn Journals

DOI: doi:10.3167/cs.2013.250206

Abstract

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road can be read as part of the burgeoning field of climate fiction. This article examines the way that environmental anxiety manifests in this text not only through the vision of a future earth that has been devastated, but, as I will argue, at a more symbolic and allegorical level through the metaphoric place of vision, sight, and blindness. Interrogating the metaphor of vision is central to considering this text as climate fiction because it positions the human as the chosen witness to the end of the world. This article examines the anthropocentrism at the heart of McCarthy’s text, and reflects on the place of the human in broader debates about anthropogenic climate change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural Studies
Research Field:Cultural Theory
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
Author:Stark, H (Dr Hannah Stark)
ID Code:88550
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2014-02-06
Last Modified:2017-11-14
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