American novelist Cormac McCarthy published the first installment of his Border Trilogy, a novel entitled All The Pretty Horses, only a decade before the turn of the 21st century. Within a few months, essays by Alan Cheuse and Vereen M. Bell would set the tone for scholarship on McCarthy's work for the decade to follow. However, in 2012 Jordan Savage revolutionized the conversation on the concept of "border" within the Border Trilogy, identifying it as an ideological myth. This paper will further Savage’s analysis using Jacques Derrida’s Deconstructionist theory in order to analyze the binaries created by the border myth and its principal binary of AMERICA/Mexico, and particularly Derrida’s renunciation of the hierarchical nature of the binary in order to renounce the very premise of American exceptionalism.
Rodriguez, Maia Y.
"Relocating the Cowboy: American Privilege in "All the Pretty Horses","
Vol. 8, Article 10.
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