Cormac McCarthy Area

deadline for submissions: 
November 14, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
contact email: 

The 43rd meeting of the Southwest Popular/American Cultural Association will take place in person in Albuquerque, NM from February 23-26, 2022. After moving online last year, we are particularly excited to be together again in February. 

The Cormac McCarthy Area of the SWPACA is seeking paper proposals on any aspect of the work of Cormac McCarthy, including novels, plays, and television and film scripts and adaptations.  We invite presentations about all facets of McCarthy’s work in forms ranging from critical essays to analyses employing recognized research methodologies. The area chair also welcomes pre-formed panels, but will need submissions to be uploaded individually as required by the SWPACA. Paper presentations should be 15 minutes and should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • McCarthy and the West
  • McCarthy and apocalypse
  • Narration and historical imaginaries in McCarthy’s work
  • Narrative theory approaches to McCarthy’s writing
  • Gender and sexuality studies approaches to McCarthy’s work
  • McCarthy and Hollywood
  • Issues in film adaptation
  • Neoliberal discourse and/in McCarthy
  • Southern gothic and its meaning now
  • Horror and McCarthy

The deadline for proposals is Sunday, November 14. To submit a proposal, go to and follow the instructions. 

If you have any questions about the submission process, or any ideas you'd like to run by the Area Chair, please contact him directly: 

Todd Womble, PhD