DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH FACULTY NEWS

Meg King

October, 2015

Meg King's article, “'Where is your country?': Locating White Masculinity in All the Pretty Horses,“ appeared in the 2014 issue of The Cormac McCarthy Journal and is forthcoming in Harold Bloom's anthology All the Pretty Horses- Cormac McCarthy (New York: Chelsea House, 2015).

Here is an abstract of the article:

Critics typically situate McCarthy's novel within New Western History, detailing the ways in which All the Pretty Horses interrogates conventional frontier tropes. While this line of inquiry provides a necessary and important lens on McCarthy's work, it doesn't account for the ways in which All the Pretty Horses grapples with the social and economic developments of the late 20th century. That is, while viewing this novel as an exemplar of New Western History reveals how All the Pretty Horses re-evaluates conventional historical narratives and heroism, it does not necessarily address how this desire to re-envision the frontier reflects McCarthy's attempt to come to terms with white men's declining dominance in the late 20th century.

 

Brian Cremins

October, 2015

Brian Cremins will be moderating the panel "Imaginary Worlds" as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the evening of November 13th at the Chicago Cultural Center. The panel will feature cartoonists Edie Fake and Keiler Roberts and UIC School of Architecture professors Sam Jacob and Ania Jaworska in a conversation about the intersections of architecture and comics/graphic narratives. The panel will be followed with a fun comics-making workshop designed by cartoonist and Chicago Alternative Comics Expo co-organizer Neil Brideau. You can read more about the panel and the workshop here: http://www.chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/public-program/calendar/comics-architecture/

Brian Cremins' short essay on comic book artist and writer Jack Kirby will appear this fall in a collection entitled Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, edited by Charles Hatfield and Ben Saunders and published by IDW. The book is based on the recent Kirby exhibit at California State University Northridge. You can read more about the book and the exhibit here: http://www.printmag.com/comics-and-animation/influence-design-inspiration-jack-kirby-art/

 

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