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The Resource Cormac McCarthy and the signs of sacrament : literature, theology, and the moral of stories, Matthew L. Potts

Cormac McCarthy and the signs of sacrament : literature, theology, and the moral of stories, Matthew L. Potts

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Cormac McCarthy and the signs of sacrament : literature, theology, and the moral of stories
Title
Cormac McCarthy and the signs of sacrament
Title remainder
literature, theology, and the moral of stories
Statement of responsibility
Matthew L. Potts
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Contributor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Although scholars have widely acknowledged the prevalence of religious reference in the work of Cormac McCarthy, this is the first book on the most pervasive religious trope in all his works: the image of sacrament, and in particular, of eucharist. Informed by postmodern theories of narrative and Christian theologies of sacrament, Matthew Potts reads the major novels of Cormac McCarthy in a new and insightful way, arguing that their dark moral significance coheres with the Christian theological tradition in difficult, demanding ways. Potts develops this account through an argument that integrates McCarthy's fiction with both postmodern theory and contemporary fundamental and sacramental theology. In McCarthy's novels, the human self is always dispossessed of itself, given over to harm, fate, and narrative. But this fundamental dispossession, this vulnerability to violence and signs, is also one uniquely expressed in and articulated by the Christian sacramental tradition. By reading McCarthy and this theology alongside postmodern accounts of action, identity, subjectivity, and narration, Potts demonstrates how McCarthy exploits Christian theology in order to locate the value of human acts and relations in a way that mimics the dispossessing movement of sacramental signs. This is not to claim McCarthy for theology, necessarily, but it is to assert that McCarthy generates his account of what human goodness might look like in the wake of metaphysical collapse through the explicit use of Christian theology"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3563.C337
LC item number
Z83 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Cormac McCarthy and the signs of sacrament : literature, theology, and the moral of stories, Matthew L. Potts
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Knowledge -- Fate -- Action -- Chapter Four: Story -- Sacrament -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
898053018
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 224 pages
Isbn
9781501306556
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015008543
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased. Hardbound.
System control number
(OCoLC)898053018
Label
Cormac McCarthy and the signs of sacrament : literature, theology, and the moral of stories, Matthew L. Potts
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Knowledge -- Fate -- Action -- Chapter Four: Story -- Sacrament -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
898053018
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 224 pages
Isbn
9781501306556
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015008543
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased. Hardbound.
System control number
(OCoLC)898053018

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