“Striking the Fire Out of the Rock”: Gnostic Theology in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

@article{Mundik2009StrikingTF,
  title={“Striking the Fire Out of the Rock”: Gnostic Theology in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian},
  author={P. Mundik},
  journal={South Central Review},
  year={2009},
  volume={26},
  pages={72 - 97}
}
  • P. Mundik
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • South Central Review
1T he powerful , dis T urbing and above all enigmatic nature of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West springs not so much from the novel’s graphic portrayal of violence as from the problematic role that such violence plays within the larger context of McCarthy’s work. Unlike certain genres of popular literature that portray violence purely for its own sake, Blood Meridian does not read like some gratuitous foray into blood-fuelled carnage and mayhem. Quite simply… Expand
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