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Le cheval dans La Trilogie des Confins de Cormac McCarthy : du transport à la transcendance

Abstract : Why should we care more about horses? Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy reinvents traditional archetypes of the Old West myth through an innovative depiction of the relationship between men and horses. These animals are often perceived as entities submitted to human will. Yet, they should be read as autonomous beings. Set around the 1950s, the trilogy describes the transition from a cowboy life of riding and breeding to an industrial society. In the three volumes, horses remain the favourite means of transportation for the characters, which could confirm the idea of submission. However, close textual analysis of McCarthy’s accuracy of writing can reveal that this original function is transcended, and that horses might also be read as powerful symbols, images, but mostly characters with an independent voice until the point of textual autonomy. Academic documents about the life and work of the author, as well as references to Posthumanism and Animal Studies shall be made. They will be combined with ethological and cognitive studies – in addition to a practical field experience – to demonstrate the importance of horses in light with McCarthy’s “Optical Democracy”.
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Geneviève Lobo. Le cheval dans La Trilogie des Confins de Cormac McCarthy : du transport à la transcendance. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2019. ⟨dumas-02274833⟩



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