♥ Book Title : Narrating Knowledge in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "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"Article| Donald E. Hardy| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Conversations with Flannery O'Connor
☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| Flannery O'Connor, Rosemary M. Magee| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flannery O’Connor’s Religious Imagination
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♥ Book Title : Flannery O'Connor and Teilhard de Chardin
☯ Full Synopsis : "Flannery O’Connor, the renowned short-story writer, lived and fought a tumultuous battle with lupus erythematosus most of her adult life. In her last five years, she sought insightful and helpful sources to alleviate her struggle with the disease. Among these sources were the ideas and thoughts of a Jesuit-paleontologist-mystic by the name of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, an individual who opened doors of witness to the secular world and attracted suspicious questioning from his Catholic superiors. Like a moth drawn to a flame, Flannery O’Connor, a devoted Thomist, increasingly admired the ideas of Teilhard de Chardin to the point that she incorporated his ideas into her last six short stories in the collection Everything That Rises Must Converge. This book adds significantly to the neglected study of Teilhard de Chardin’s influence in the later literary development of Flannery O’Connor. This book would be a valuable asset to students and scholars focusing on American literature, Southern literature, twentieth-century Southern female writers, and Flannery O’Connor."Article| Steven R. Watkins| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ritual Performance in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor
☯ Full Synopsis : "Flannery O'Connor wrote some thirty short stories and two novellas in her brief but brilliant literary career, including such remarkable works as 'Wise Blood' (1952), 'The Violent Bear It Away' (1960), and the short story anthology, A Good Man Is Hard To Find (1955). While she enjoyed considerable recognition during her lifetime, since her death in 1964 at age 39 her work has garnered even greater acclaim at the national and international levels. The proliferation of O'Connor studies and the increased presence of her works in both the high school and college curriculum clearly support the view that her position as an eminent American writer is secure. Cynthia Seel's study offers a decidedly new way of reading O'Connor. Analyzing six works in detail -- the short stories 'Mystery That is Lived,' 'A Circle in the Fire,' 'The Artificial Nigger,' 'The Lame shall Enter First,' 'A Temple of the Holy Ghost,' and 'A Stroke of Good Fortune' -- Seel examines O'Connor's primary use of ritual as form (or aesthetic frame) and as transforming action, and thus illuminates the method and impact of O'Connor's works afresh. While O'Connor's affinity for ritual has not gone unnoticed, no one has before assembled and analyzed ritual as it has appeared in a wide range of her fiction, as this book does. It will interest students and teachers of American literature, Southern Studies, feminist theory, and ritual studies. Cynthia L. Seel received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University."Article| Cynthia Seel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flannery O'Connor
☯ Full Synopsis : "Flannery O'Connor: The Woman, the Thinker, the Visionary evaluates O'Connor from the standpoint of one who knew her well and corresponded with her for six years on significant religious and literary matters. More than twenty letters written by O'Connor to Spivey are in her collected letters, and he quotes from these letters and other sources to present a picture of O'Connor as not only a brilliant writer of fiction, but as an intellectual and a student of the great Western tradition in literature and religion.One of the chief points of this book, still neglected by most critics, is O'Connor's deep connection with writers such as Joyce Bernanos, Buber, and Mauriac and how understanding these relationships can help us define her better in the context of the Modernist tradition. O'Connor's close study of these and other religious writers, such as Teilhard de Chardin, led her to bring forth in her fiction competing visions of world apocalypse and of a renewed religious community in the world."Article| Ted R. Spivey| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flannery O'Connor
☯ Full Synopsis : "Presents a brief biography of Flannery O'Connor, thematic and structural analysis of her works, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas."Article| Harold Bloom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flannery O'Connor and Robert Giroux
☯ Full Synopsis : "Flannery O'Connor is considered one of America's greatest fiction writers. The immensely talented Robert Giroux, editor-in-chief of Harcourt, Brace & Company and later of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, was her devoted friend and admirer. He edited her three books published during her lifetime, plus Everything that Rises Must Converge, which she completed just before she died in 1964 at the age of thirty-nine, the posthumous The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor, and the subsequent award-winning collection of her letters titled The Habit of Being. When poet Robert Lowell first introduced O'Connor to Giroux in March 1949, she could not have imagined the impact that meeting would have on her life or on the landscape of postwar American literature. Flannery O'Connor and Robert Giroux: A Publishing Partnership sheds new light on an area of Flannery O’Connor’s life—her relationship with her editors—that has not been well documented or narrated by critics and biographers. Impressively researched and rich in biographical details, this book chronicles Giroux’s and O’Connor’s personal and professional relationship, not omitting their circle of friends and fellow writers, including Robert Lowell, Caroline Gordon, Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, Allen Tate, Thomas Merton, and Robert Penn Warren. As Patrick Samway explains, Giroux guided O'Connor to become an internationally acclaimed writer of fiction and nonfiction, especially during the years when she suffered from lupus at her home in Milledgeville, Georgia, a disease that eventually proved fatal. Excerpts from their correspondence, some of which are published here for the first time, reveal how much of Giroux's work as editor was accomplished through his letters to Milledgeville. They are gracious, discerning, and appreciative, just when they needed to be. In Father Samway's portrait of O'Connor as an extraordinarily dedicated writer and businesswoman, she emerges as savvy, pragmatic, focused, and determined. This engrossing account of O'Connor's publishing history will interest, in addition to O'Connor's fans, all readers and students of American literature."Article| Patrick Samway, S.J.| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Nouvelles du sud
☯ Full Synopsis : "Cet ouvrage sur la nouvelle est à la fois une introduction au genre et à certains auteurs du Sud des États-Unis, ainsi qu'au Gothique et au Grotesque, deux modes importants de la littérature sudiste. Le manuel se présente comme une invitation à la lecture à travers l'exploration du maître des genres de la littérature américaine. Il se veut aussi une découverte du Sud et de quelques auteurs marquants de cette terre peuplée de fantômes et de monstres, où rêves et chimères hantent un imaginaire surprenant et envoûtant. L'ouvrage propose des réflexions et des questions que chacun pourra s'approprier car, comme le dit l'écrivain Ernest Gaines, "you try ... to perk the interest or the intellect of the reader and let him ask questions. Once the reader begins to ask these questions, he will get some answers that will lead him to other things so he can discuss it with other people". Ce livre est le fruit du travail de plusieurs spécialistes de littérature américaine : Anne Besnault-Levita, Élisabeth Vialle, Marc Amfreville, Antoine Cazé, Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour, Étienne de Planchard de Cussac, Brigitte Zaugg, Jacques Pothier, Élisabeth Lamothe, Valérie Croisille-Milhat et Nadia Yassine-Diab. Il s'efforce de répondre aux besoins et aux intérêts de leurs étudiants. Il comprend un entretien exclusif avec Elizabeth Spencer et une partie pédagogique sur le Gothique et le Grotesque."Article| Marie Liénard-Yeterian, Gérald Préher| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Nature and Grace in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| Lorine M. Getz| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 7, Prose Writing, 1940-1990
☯ Full Synopsis : "Discusses the social, cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic aspects of American literature"Article| Sacvan Bercovitch, Cyrus R. K. Patell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the Aesthetic of Revelation
☯ Full Synopsis : ""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."Article| John Sykes| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flannery O'Connor, Hermit Novelist
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Lord, I'm glad I'm a hermit novelist," Flannery O'Connor wrote to a friend in 1957. Sequestered by ill health, O'Connor spent the final thirteen years of her life on her isolated family farm in rural Georgia. During this productive time she developed a fascination with fourth-century Christians who retreated to the desert for spiritual replenishment and whose isolation, suffering, and faith mirrored her own. In Flannery O'Connor, Hermit Novelist, Richard Giannone explores O'Connor's identification with these early Christian monastics and the ways in which she infused her fiction with their teachings. Surveying the influences of the desert fathers on O'Connor's protagonists, Giannone shows how her characters are moved toward a radical simplicity of ascetic discipline as a means of confronting both internal and worldly evils while being drawn closer to God. Artfully bridging literary analysis, O'Connor's biography, and monastic writings, Giannone's study explores O'Connor's advocacy of self-denial and self-scrutiny as vital spiritual weapons that might be brought to bear against the antagonistic forces she found rampant in modern American life."Article| Richard Giannone| Statement ..."