O'connor, Flannery, 1925-1964
The Gospel According to Flannery O'Connor
Examining the Role of the Bible in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
Paperback ISBN: 1501314270
Jordan Cofer examines the influence of the Bible upon Flannery O'Connor's fiction. While there are many studies exploring how her Catholicism affected her fiction, this book argues that O'Connor is heavily influenced by the Bible itself. Specifically, it explicates the largely undocumented ways in which she used the Bible as source material for her work. It also shows that, rhetorically, many of O'Connor's stories (and/or characters) are based upon biblical models. Furthermore, Cofer explains how O'Connor's stories engage their biblical analogues in unusual, unexpected, and sometimes grotesque ways, as her stories manage to convey essentially the same message as their biblical counterparts. Throughout O'Connor's work there are significant biblical allusions which have been neglected or previously undiscovered. This book acknowledges her biblical source material so readers can understand the impact it had on her fiction. Cofer argues that readers can better appreciate her work by examining how her stories are often grounded in specific biblical texts, which she similarly distorts, exaggerates, and subverts, in order to shock and teach readers. Simply put, O'Connor doesn't merely reference these biblical stories, she rewrites them.
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
An American Pilgrimage
Paperback ISBN: 0374529213
The author explores the lives of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, and Flannery O'Connor to search for evidence that their "Christ haunted" Catholic backgrounds inspired them to write, in a study of the spiritual and literary pilgrimage of these four great American Catholic writers. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Revising Flannery O'Connor
Southern Literary Culture and the Problem of Female Authorship
Hardcover ISBN: 0813920124
American author Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) produced two novels, 32 stories, and numerous essays and articles. Independent scholar Prown examines O'Connor's development as an artist, particularly as a southern female artist, and considers the reasons for feminist critical neglect of the writer. Particular attention is paid to O'Connor's relationship with her mentor, Caroline Gordon. Prown also discusses O'Connor in relation to the Fugitive/Agrarian and New Critical movements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Terrible Speed of Mercy
A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O'Connor
Paperback ISBN: 1595550232
Flannery O'Connor's fiction is a reminder that the rural South is as good a place as any for transcendence to break through and reveal itself to the human gaze. The story of Flannery O'Connor's life is the story of her inner life more than her outer life. In a letter to a friend she wrote, "My audience are the people who think God is dead. At least these are the people I am conscious of writing for." And writing for such a people required that she find a whole new language, a language she had to make up as she went along, drawing startling and large figures to get the attention of the almost blind, shouting in the ear of the almost deaf. Her famous short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find was once called "profane, blasphemous, and outrageous," but for O'Connor, the real horror was never violence or deformity, but damnation. Horror that awakens a soul to its own danger and prepares it to receive grace is no horror, but a mercy. "The devil," she wrote, "accomplishes a good deal of groundwork that seems to be necessary before grace is effective." InThe Terrible Speed of MercyJonathan Rogers chronicles how a conventional, devout middle-class lady from a dairy farm in Milledgeville, Georgia, came to write stories that were like literary thunderstorms, turning on sudden violence and flashes of revelation that crashed down from the heavens, destroying even as they illuminated.
Wingless Chickens, Bayou Catholics, and Pilgrim Wayfarers
Constructions of Audience and Tone in O'Connor, Gautreaux, and Percy
Hardcover ISBN: 0881462144
Nisly (English, U. of Delaware) dissects the implications of place, time, and religious climate as well as the role of the reader in the work of three 20th century southern Catholic writers. He reaches into both the histories and the texts of these authors to illustrate how the differing styles of Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and Tim Gautreaux may be traced to their particular, varied, experiences of Catholicism in the American South. Nisley is especially interested in the role of the Second Vatican Council in Catholic culture, and its effect on the writer's relationship with their perceived audience. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)