The Fiction of Cormac McCarthy

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, June 5 – July 24

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Matt Laufer

McCarthy has been characterized as “our greatest living writer” and “the worthy disciple both of Melville and of Faulkner.” But he is not for the faint of heart, and his themes—when not considered with an appreciation for the majesty of his style—can overwhelm and depress. This course will provide the guidance, context, and collaboration to allow McCarthy’s ideas to resonate freely and his prose—Shakespearean, Faulknerian, but ultimately, McCarthy’s own—to sing. We will start with No Country for Old Men, continue with his Pulitzer-prize winning The Road, and end with his masterpiece, Blood Meridian.

Matt Laufer holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught literature at Columbia, Barnard College, and various college preparatory schools. He has taught Newberry seminars on Vladimir Nabokov, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and literature and censorship.

Materials List
Required:
McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian. Vintage International, 1985. ISBN: 0679728759
McCarthy, Cormac. No Country for Old Men. Vintage International, 2005. ISBN: 0375706674
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. Picador, 2006. ISBN: 9780330448628

CPDU credit is available to Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $190
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.