Reading allegory and nature in Cormac McCarthy's the road: Towards a non-anthropocentric vision of the language of nature

Blasi, Gabriella (2014) Reading allegory and nature in Cormac McCarthy's the road: Towards a non-anthropocentric vision of the language of nature. Arcadia, 49 1: 89-102. doi:10.1515/arcadia-2014-0006

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Author Blasi, Gabriella
Title Reading allegory and nature in Cormac McCarthy's the road: Towards a non-anthropocentric vision of the language of nature
Journal name Arcadia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-7982
1613-0642
Publication date 2014-06-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/arcadia-2014-0006
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 102
Total pages 14
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Formatted abstract
This ecocritical reading of nature images in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road draws on Walter Benjamin’s conception of allegory and interprets the novel’s vision of nature as an allegory about a finite material reality that is subordinated to a vast cyclic cosmic order. Allegories are central for interpreting both nature and the mother figure in The Road, and their importance is underlined by repeated allusions to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. However, close textual analysis of specific passages reveals allusions to the movement of the stars and of the earth; such allusions indicate a suppressed and non-anthropocentric vision of the earth and its long cycles. This opens possibilities for interdisciplinary appreciation of the novel’s enigmatic ending.
Keyword Allegory
Cormac McCarthy
Ecocriticism
Nature
The Road
Walter Benjamin
Q-Index Code C1
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