Dr Anthony Warde



My doctoral dissertation examines narrative themes and techniques in the later novels of Cormac McCarthy, which include Blood Meridian (1985), an ‘anti-western’ based on historical events, and The Road, a Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a father and son’s journey through a post-apocalyptic America.  These particular novels form the core of two key areas of my current teaching and research interests: ‘Weird Westerns’ (such as Westworld and The Dark Tower series), in which the tropes and trappings of the classic American myth are fused with fantastical elements from genres such as Science Fiction and Gothic Horror, thus creating hybrid spaces that expand the frontiers of human imagination and understanding; and dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, which project the concerns of the present (political, technological, ecological) onto a nightmarish future and offer humanity various visions of its collective end. View my full profile here.