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The Trauma of the Earth: On the Decomposition of Nature in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall , 510 66 West 12th Street , New York, NY 10011

How to rethink trauma in the context of today’s turn to the question concerning materiality in the humanities? What is the role of fiction in the delineation of concepts of nature that resonate with, but are partially independent of, those forged in and by philosophical discourse? Julius Greve traces the concept of nature in the work of American writer Cormac McCarthy, as it is construed by literary rather than philosophical means, rendering visible a transhistorical and transatlantic constellation, including schools of thought such as Schellingian philosophies of nature and speculative realism. 

Julius Greve is a lecturer and research associate at the Institute for English and American Studies, University of Oldenburg. He has published articles on Cormac McCarthy, Mark Z. Danielewski, critical theory, and speculative realism, and he is the co-editor of America and the Musical Unconscious (Atropos, 2015), Superpositions: Laruelle and the Humanities (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017), and “Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds” (2017), a special issue of EJAS: European Journal of American Studies. His book Shreds of Matter: Cormac McCarthy and the Concept of Nature is forthcoming from Dartmouth College Press.

Presented by Parsons School of Design, School of Design Strategies.

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