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"My Job is to Take Care of You": Climate Change, Humanity, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Johns-Putra, AG (2017) "My Job is to Take Care of You": Climate Change, Humanity, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road MFS Modern Fiction Studies.

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Though it never names its ecological catastrophe, The Road is increasingly read as a climate change novel. I explore how this narrative of father and son walking a dead landscape speaks to contemporary environmental concerns. Adapting apocalyptic techniques, it contrasts a lost humanity (that is, being both human and humane) against present inhumanity, locating the measure of humanity in the father's care for his son. Thus, the novel resonates with contemporary anxieties about caring for the future, anxieties often expressed in the figure of the child. The novel's conclusion, however, affords the opportunity of rising above such anxieties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Literature
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English
Authors :
Johns-Putra, AG
Date : 30 April 2017
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Additional Information : Copyright John Hopkins University Press. This is the accepted version of the author's paper due to be published in MFS Modern Fiction Studies in April 2017
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 Sep 2015 14:41
Last Modified : 28 Jun 2016 08:53

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