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an international and interdisciplinary journal of postmodern cultural sound, text and image

 ISSN 1552-5112


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Cormac McCarthy: When the Man Comes Around | Kritikos – Intertheory Press | Online International Conference | 15 November 2023







There's a man goin' 'round takin' names

And he decides who to free and who to blame

Everybody won't be treated all the same

There'll be a golden ladder reachin' down

When the man comes around.[1]


Johnny Cash




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Cormac McCarthy: When the Man Comes Around (2023) is a one-day conference to be held on November 15, 2023 regarding the work of Cormac McCarthy (July 30, 1933 – June 13, 2023).

Papers are invited that touch on his characteristic treatment of a variety of subjects within his body of work: masculinity, femininity and Stoicism (analytic and continental), writing, living and dying; the ontology, epistemology and literature of fate and identity; war and peace, film adaptations of his work, politics and sovereignty, science fiction, extreme phenomena (e.g. COVID-19, UFOs/UAPs, Earth’s heating climate, A.I., etc.), art, fiction and narrative, violence, law, power, metaphysics, critical inquiry and so on. 


A special print volume of selected conference papers will be published by Intertheory Press after the event, slated for release sometime in 2024.


Presentations will be streamed live over Zoom; 20 minutes are allocated for each presentation, with Q&A time up to twenty minutes, as needed; audience questions may be submitted via Zoom chat. The live Zoom presentations and Q&A will not be recorded by Intertheory Press or Kritikos. Participants are free to record presentations if they wish.

Paper submissions may be sent to editor@intertheory.org

Conference registration is available here. The deadline is 31 August 2023.


9:40am – Stefanie Heine, “Floating Worlds, Floating Words: The Writing Process of Blood Meridian

10am – Bernard T. Joy, “Cormac McCarthy’s Geopoetry: Rhetorical Figures of Landscape and Time in Blood Meridian and the Border Trilogy”

10:40am – Ben Gaskin, “After Babel, Nineveh and the Horizontal War: City and Technique in Jacques Ellul and Cormac McCarthy”

11am – Thomas Britt, “Cormac McCarthy and Earth”

11:40am – Jamie Davies, “Of Certain Frail Figures of Justice”

12pm – John Vanderheide, “Adaptations of the Kafkaesque in Cormac McCarthy's The Passenger

12:40pm – Nick Ruiz, Ph.D, “When the Man Comes Around”




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an international and interdisciplinary journal of postmodern cultural sound, text and image

 ISSN 1552-5112



[1] Cash, Johnny. “The Man Comes Around” from the album American IV: The Man Comes Around. American Recording Co. 2002