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 Post subject: Any Flannery O'Connor Scholars?
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Feel free to talk to me about anything you even think you understand about her either in general or specific stories. I'm not totally lost, but I have a hunch I'm missing wide swaths of what she's trying to tell me.

I think she was mighty bright and also complex. And then there's a huge span of cultural difference I'm stretched over. It's not just west coast vs. south, it's her firmly in the southern pre-civil rights pre-Vatican II world. And her life straddled world wars on top of that, yet was deep in not just the south but the rural south. It's a time capsule the runs deeper than one might think.

I love her very much, but I want to understand her better. I think she has gifts for me hidden in her writing.

Anyone? :wave

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I think you would find "Habit of Being," which is a collection of her letters very rewarding. It's
also a good read. She is delightful and very funny.

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diane wrote:
I think you would find "Habit of Being," which is a collection of her letters very rewarding. It's
also a good read. She is delightful and very funny.


And you think this might lead me into better insight as to the rest of her works? I've read her two novels and am working through the entirety of her short stories now.

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It did for me, but I am far from being a scholar. She does discuss her books and stories somewhat,
but the greatest value is the insight it gives into her person and way of thinking. I got it used at
a pretty reasonable price from Amazon.

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 Post subject: Re: Any Flannery O'Connor Scholars?
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I love O'Connor, but literary analysis is one of my weak points.

Many, many great conversations on some of her short stories. To be honest, there are only a couple of insights I had that are worth anything...most of what I could give would be to repeat what others have said better than I!

If you have any of her short stories in mind I would love to have a discussion about it..not saying I would be much help though....then again my brother in law has my complete works of Flannery O'Connor...nabbit...

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I read some of what she wrote many years ago and was fascinated even though I didn't do any research about it.

I found this which discusses "A Good Man is Hard to Find", one of her stories.

http://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories ... lysis.html

Now I'm interested in reading her books again!


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I like her short stories but I find Wise Blood horrific.

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 Post subject: Re: Any Flannery O'Connor Scholars?
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I am far from a Flannery scholar but I am an American Lit person.

The thing about Flannery is that she was a southerner.
She loved the grotesque. She had a dark sense of humor but she also used symbolism really well. She was writing for a Christian culture that understood the biblical symbolism she used, the culture of the bible belt. An openly orthodox Catholic, she poked fun at the do-it-yourself Christianity of the South but also in a sad way. She wrote comedic tragedy. (Think of her as a precursor to The World According to Garp if you know that genre.) Like Evelyn Waugh, she was concerned with operative grace, grace acting upon sinful people, and repentance. But unlike Waugh, few of her characters reach any apparent sanctity. She reputedly read Aquinas every night. It is interesting how it is Orthodox Catholic writers, like O'Connor and Walker Percy, who often have their hands on the pulse of modernity. They are able to diagnose modern maladies more astutely than their secular counterparts.

I like this conversation on PBS about how her Catholicism influenced her writing.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethi ... nnor/5043/

Well, I hope that helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Any Flannery O'Connor Scholars?
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Those are the best insights I have read about Flannery O'Connor's writings!

It helps me to understand her writings much better.


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I understand all that about Flannery O'Connor but Wise Blood is still ghastly.

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