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Mapping 'Knoxville' Across Time, Media, and Cultures:

Tracing Unexplored Connections Between the Work of Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle

Entering the Shadowy Side of Knoxville: West Front Street

exhibition thirteenMcCARTHY, Suttree: “At the end of the street the earth fell away into a long gut clogged with a maze of shacks and coops, nameless constructions of tarpaper and tin. ...Whole blocks of hovels cut through by no street but goatpaths and little narrow ways paved with black sand.”

SCHWARZENBACH: “On a steep slope there are houses, lightless and lifeless like a backdrop. There is no smoke in the chimneys; the doors are locked. Nobody would live here, one would think; no one can live here. But you meanwhile spot that the streets coming from the bright city of Knoxville do not end at the bridge and at the steep edge of the riverbank. They only transform, becoming gray and unpaved, dark and uneven and thus — as if shamefully shrouded — lead downwards into the damp gloominess of the river.”

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