University of West Florida,
Professor of English & World Languages
The Quest for God in The Road
Allen Josephs is an internationally renowned Hemingway scholar and past president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society. His new collection, On Hemingway and Spain: Essays and Reviews, 1979-2013 will be published by, Newstreet Communications this autumn.
He is the author of nine books and more than a hundred essays and reviews published in the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Virginia Quarterly Review and many others in the U.S. and abroad. His last book, Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida, won four prizes and had its initial presentation at IHMC in 2002.
After more than forty years of writing on Hemingway and Spanish culture, Josephs has turned his attention to one of our greatest living novelists, Cormac McCarthy, whose Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel is this year's "common read" at UWF. In this presentation Josephs will examine the presence and the absence of God in McCarthy's last and most compelling novel. His essay, "The Quest for God in The Road"-on which this presentation will be based-appeared this year in the Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy. Editor Steven Frye has called Josephs' treatment "definitive."