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2014, vol. 6, iss. 7, pp. 143-157
The conquering of the border space in Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy

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Keywords: America; border; Cormac McCarthy; space; foreign
Abstract
The paper examines how the American novelist Cormac McCarthy creates the space of the boundary in his 2005 thriller novel No Country for Old Men. The paper's theoretical framework is based upon Mikhail Bakhtin's notion of the chronotope, the concept of the Foreign by the contemporary German philosopher Bernhard Waldenfels and the Frontier Thesis as defined by the American historian Frederick Turner in the 19th century. The border can be perceived as a space between two polarities in which McCarthy places the plot of his novel. Such a border is not dormant, but very much active today and is the battleground for numerous conflicts, both fictional and real. Moreover, it now runs through urban settlements which complicates the situation even further. The paper's conclusion scrutinizes the role of the border and the foreign in the 21st century ethos of America and McCarthy's humble contribution to the latter.

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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published in SCIndeks: 05/06/2015

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