CALL FOR PAPERS
AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
MAY 25-28 2017
Cormac McCarthy Society
Cormac McCarthy and Ron Rash
In Ron Rash’s Serena (Pen/Faulkner Finalist 2009), one of the choric lumberjacks named Ballard makes an off-hand comment about a girl he sees in Tennessee. Nearly lost in a welter of logger jokes and putdowns, readers of McCarthy’s Child of God would have not missed Rash’s darkly humorous intertextual nod. McCarthy’s influence on the generations of writers who have followed in his wake has been immense. This panel will consider one of two important aspects of the relations between McCarthy’s and Rash’s works.