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Blood Meridian

11 June 2020,11:00 am - 2 July 2020,1:30 pm



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According to The New Yorker, reading Blood Meridian (Corman McCarthy) is like receiving  ‘a slap in the face, an affront that asks us to endure a vision of the Old West full of charred skulls and blood-soaked scalps’. I agree. So why inflict Blood Meridian on you?

We are all guilty of reading books that fall neatly within the parameters of carefully constructed comfort zones. For me, reading McCarthy’s novel was not an easy  experience: I was at times shocked, bamboozled, frustrated and yet kept captivated  by the lyrical intensity of the prose. Do I ‘like’ the novel: no! But literary study would be very dull if we only discussed books that we liked. Did it make an impact on me? Yes, absolutely. In truth, I have never read anything like it before. Blood Meridian has challenged my understanding of the formal and thematic concerns of the modern American novel. Will it do the same for you? Love it or hate it, it demands attention!

This course runs over 4 weeks on Thursdays 10 am – 12.15 and is bought as a package at £260 (this includes weekly resource booklets and refreshments in the break)


11 June 2020,11:00 am
2 July 2020,1:30 pm
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