Flannery O'Connor's Dark Comedies

The Limits of Inference

Author: Carol Shloss

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 080714245X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 1936

In Flannery O'Connor's Dark Comedies, Carol Shloss moves from biographical, thematic, and theological approaches and instead focuses her criticism on the successes and failures of O'Connor as a rhetorician. This valuable study of O'Connor's style uses reader-response theory to dissect the author's use of hyperbole, distortion, allusion, analogy, the dramatization of extreme religious experience, the manipulation of judgment through narrative voice, and direct address to the reader. Schloss aims to return Flannery O'Connor to her readers on fathomable terms, to offer a rhetorical, rather than theological, perspective from which to understand the country preachers, square-jawed farm wives, wise rubes, foolish intellectuals, huckster Bible salesmen, killers, and other "good country people" who populate O'Connor's fiction.
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Nature and Grace in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction

Author: Lorine M. Getz

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

ISBN: 9780889465503

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

View: 9578

This work isolates and analyzes literary devices to show how Flannery O'Connor depicts various concepts of grace and how these are central to the structure of her stories.
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Flannery O'Connor

An Annotated Reference Guide to Criticism

Author: R. Neil Scott

Publisher: Timberlane Books

ISBN: 9780971542808

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1061

View: 2645

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Narrating Knowledge in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction

Author: Donald E. Hardy

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570034756

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 199

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A linguistic approach to the novels and short stories of Flannery O'Connor; In Narrating Knowledge in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction, Donald E. Hardy examines themes in Flannery O'Connor's fiction concerning the limitations of human knowledge. He argues that attending to O'Connor's stylistic strategies allows the best access to her views about knowledge in all its manifestations - spiritual, rational, and emotional - whether the knowledge is that of the narrator, the narratee, or the characters of her narratives. It also, he maintains, allows readers to appreciate the mysteries she sought to underscore. Surveying O'Connor's fiction, early as well as late, Hardy concludes that the writer's differentiation between grades of knowledge, along with the intimations she offered of what lies behind knowledge - of the ineffable behind the rational - finds only partial expression in the content of her narratives and in her narrative summings-up. For a thorough understanding it is necessary to turn to her employment of certain linguistic devices open to analysis. These include dependent clauses, for rendering presuppositions explicit; negations, for blocking suppositions; and participials descri
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The Art and Vision of Flannery O'Connor

Author: Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr.

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807118535

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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Flannery O'Connor believed that fiction must try to achieve something on the order of what St. Gregory wrote about Scripture: every time it presents a fact, it must also disclose a mystery. O'Connor's artistic vision was located squarely in her Catholic faith, yet she realized that to view life only through the eyes of the Church was to ignore a large part of existence. In her fiction, therefore, she explored a wider world, employing voices that challenged conceptions of both self and faith, ultimately enlarging and deepening both. In The Art and Vision of Flannery O'Connor, Robert Brinkmeyer presents an innovative study of O'Connor's fiction by exploring the dialogic forces at work in her writing.Drawing on the insights of literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, Brinkmeyer offers an explanation for the great depth and power of O'Connor's work, paying particular attention to the ways her art and audience bear upon her regnant Catholic vision. This pressure and resistance, Brinkmeyer writes, free O'Connor's vision from the limits of its perspective, opening it to growth and understanding. After a thorough discussion of the ways in which O'Connor's Catholic and southern heritage helped to form her artistic vision, Brinkmeyer shows how dialogic encounters are at work in O'Connor's interaction with her largely fundamentalist narrators, the stories they tell, and her readers. He focuses on several of her stories as well as her two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. As the first analysis of the dialogical dynamics of O'Connor's art and vision, this study offers an original approach to understanding O'Connor. But the significance of the book extends far beyond O'Connor scholarship, for Brinkmeyer presents a critical method that has value for exploring other writers, particularly other modern Catholic writers.
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Flannery O'Connor

The Cartoons

Author: Flannery O'Connor

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

ISBN: 1606994794

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 144

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Flannery O’Connor was among the greatest American writers of the second half of the 20th century; she was a writer in the Southern tradition of Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Carson McCullers, who wrote such classic novels and short stories as Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, and “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” She is perhaps as well known for her tantalizing brand of Southern Gothic humor as she is for her Catholicism. That these tendencies should be so happily married in her fiction is no longer a surprise. The real surprise is learning that this much beloved icon of American literature did not set out to be a fiction writer, but a cartoonist. This seems to be the last well-kept secret of her creative life.
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Understanding Flannery O'Connor

Author: Margaret Earley Whitt

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 261

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Wise Blood

A Novel

Author: Flannery O'Connor

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374530631

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

View: 9115

The passengers on the train to Taulkinham show mixed reactions when Haze questions their belief in Jesus.
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A Prayer Journal

Author: Flannery O'Connor

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709696

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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"I would like to write a beautiful prayer," writes the young Flannery O'Connor in this deeply spiritual journal, recently discovered among her papers in Georgia. "There is a whole sensible world around me that I should be able to turn to Your praise." Written between 1946 and 1947 while O'Connor was a student far from home at the University of Iowa, A Prayer Journal is a rare portal into the interior life of the great writer. Not only does it map O'Connor's singular relationship with the divine, but it shows how entwined her literary desire was with her yearning for God. "I must write down that I am to be an artist. Not in the sense of aesthetic frippery but in the sense of aesthetic craftsmanship; otherwise I will feel my loneliness continually . . . I do not want to be lonely all my life but people only make us lonelier by reminding us of God. Dear God please help me to be an artist, please let it lead to You." O'Connor could not be more plain about her literary ambition: "Please help me dear God to be a good writer and to get something else accepted," she writes. Yet she struggles with any trace of self-regard: "Don't let me ever think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story." As W. A. Sessions, who knew O'Connor, writes in his introduction, it was no coincidence that she began writing the stories that would become her first novel, Wise Blood, during the years when she wrote these singularly imaginative Christian meditations. Including a facsimile of the entire journal in O'Connor's own hand, A Prayer Journal is the record of a brilliant young woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the heart for love, grace, and art.
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Three by Flannery O'Connor

Author: Flannery O'Connor,Dorothy Allison

Publisher: Signet

ISBN: 9780451526946

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Amidst the chaos of World War II… In a land of brutality and bloodshed… One death can still change everything. In war-torn Yugoslavia, a beautiful young filmmaker and photographer—a veritable hero to her people—and a German officer have been brutally murdered. Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his wartime actions and the mistakes he’s made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder—and that the late Yugoslavian heroine may have been much more brilliant—and treacherous—than anyone knew. Maneuvering his way through a minefield of political, military, and personal agendas and vendettas, Reinhardt knows that someone is leaving a trail of dead bodies to cover their tracks. But those bloody tracks may lead Reinhardt to a secret hidden within the ranks of the powerful that they will do anything to keep. And his search for the truth may kill him before he ever finds it.
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Conversations with Flannery O'Connor

Author: Flannery O'Connor,Rosemary M. Magee

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878052646

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 118

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As this collection of interviews shows, Flannery O'Connor's fiction, though bound to a particular time and place, embodies and reveals universal ideas. O'Connor's curiosity about human nature and its various manifestations compelled her to explore mysterious places in the mind and heart. Despite her short life and prolonged illness, O'Connor was interviewed in a variety of times and locations. The circumstances of the interviews did not seem to matter much to O'Connor; her approach and demeanor remained consistent. Her self-knowledge was always apparent, in her confidence in herself, in her enterprise as a writer, and in her beliefs. She could penetrate the surfaces; she could see things in depth. Her perceptions were wide-ranging and insightful. Her interviews, given sparingly but with careful reflection and precision, make a unique contribution to an understanding of her fiction and to the evolving narrative of her short but influential life. Dr. Rosemary M. Magee is Vice President and Secretary of the University at Emory University.
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Reader's Guide to Literature in English

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135314179

Category: Reference

Page: 1010

View: 3638

Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.
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Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the Aesthetic of Revelation

Author: John Sykes

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 7487

"Examining the writings of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy against the background of the Southern Renaissance from which they emerged, Sykes explores how the writers shared a distinctly Christian notion of art that led them to see fiction as revelatory but adopted different theological emphases and rhetorical strategies"--Provided by publisher.
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Return to Good and Evil

Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism

Author: Edmondson III Henry T

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739111055

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

View: 8067

Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism is a superb guide to the works of Flannery O'Connor; and like O'Connor's stories themselves, it is captivating, provocative, and unsettling. Edmondson organizes O'Connor's thought around her principal concern, that with the nihilistic claim that 'God is dead' the traditional signposts of good and evil have been lost. Edmondson's book demonstrates that the combination of O'Connor's artistic brilliance and philosophical genius provide the best response to the nihilistic despair of the modern world—a return to 'good and evil' through humility and grace.
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Revolting whiteness

race, class, and the American grotesque

Author: Jolene Hubbs,Stanford University. English Dept

Publisher: N.A



Page: 480

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Flannery O'Connor

A Study of the Short Fiction

Author: Suzanne Morrow Paulson

Publisher: Twayne Pub


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

View: 6181

Examines O'Connor's style and influences, and provides an analysis of her works
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The Habit of Being

Letters of Flannery O'Connor

Author: Flannery O'Connor

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374521042

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

View: 9186

Excerpts of letters, written throughout the professional life of the author, to her personal friends, business, and literary acquaitances.
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Black Elvis

Author: Geoffrey Becker

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820340286

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 1660

In this funny, touching collection about music, identity, liars, and love, Geoffrey Becker brings us into the lives of people who have come to a turning point and lets us watch as they take, however clumsily, their next steps. In the title story, an aging black singer who performs only Elvis songs despite his classic bluesman looks has his regular spot at the local blues jam threatened by a newly arrived Asian American with the unlikely name Robert Johnson. In “Man Under,” two friends struggling to be rock musicians in Reagan-era Brooklyn find that their front door has been removed by their landlord. An aspiring writer discovers the afterlife consists of being the stand-in for a famous author on an endless book tour in “Another Coyote Story.” Lonely and adrift in Florence, Italy, a young man poses as a tour guide with an art history degree in “Know Your Saints.” And in “This Is Not a Bar,” a simple night on the town for a middle-aged guitar student and jazz buff turns into a confrontation with his past and an exploration of what is or is not real. In his depictions of struggling performers, artists, expectant parents, travelers, con-men, temporarily employed academics, and even the recently deceased, Becker asks the question, Which are more important: the stories we tell other people or the ones we tell ourselves?
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The Terrible Speed of Mercy

A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O'Connor

Author: Jonathan Rogers

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1595554181

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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“Many of my ardent admirers would be roundly shocked and disturbed if they realized that everything I believe is thoroughly moral, thoroughly Catholic, and that it is these beliefs that give my work its chief characteristics.” —Flannery O’Connor Flannery O’Connor’s work has been described as “profane, blasphemous, and outrageous.” Her stories are peopled by a sordid caravan of murderers and thieves, prostitutes and bigots whose lives are punctuated by horror and sudden violence. But perhaps the most shocking thing about Flannery O’Connor’s fiction is the fact that it is shaped by a thoroughly Christian vision. If the world she depicts is dark and terrifying, it is also the place where grace makes itself known. Her world—our world—is the stage whereon the divine comedy plays out; the freakishness and violence in O’Connor’s stories, so often mistaken for a kind of misanthropy or even nihilism, turn out to be a call to mercy. In this biography, Jonathan Rogers gets at the heart of O’Connor’s work. He follows the roots of her fervent Catholicism and traces the outlines of a life marked by illness and suffering, but ultimately defined by an irrepressible joy and even hilarity. In her stories, and in her life story, Flannery O’Connor extends a hand in the dark, warning and reassuring us of the terrible speed of mercy.
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