restricted access “Mojado-Reverso” or, a Reverse Wetback: On John Grady Cole’s Mexican Ancestry in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

In Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, John Grady Cole was born in Texas and raised for perhaps 15 of his 16 years by a family of Mexican origin. A close inspection of his Latin American cultural attachments belies the critical readings of the character, which generally describe him as Anglo-American (in a cultural sense) who is a native speaker of English. McCarthy destabilizes the mythic cowboy through Cole, who performs a Mexican-American identity in Texas and Mexico. This article reexamines the cultural geography of the Grady-Cole homestead, the town of San Angelo, and the South and West Texas border area to offer new perspectives on John Grady’s cultural identity.