Academic journal article Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature

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Academic journal article Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature

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IT is with particular pleasure that we at Renascence present this special issue, showcasing the second Joseph M. Schwartz Memorial, Essay, Professor Ralph C. Wood's "'God May Strike You Thisaway': Flannery O'Connor and Simone Weil on Affliction and Joy." This biennial, commissioned essay honors the late Dr. Schwartz, emeritus professor of English at Marquette University and past editor--for seventeen years--of Renascence. In alternate years, Renascence awards a $1,000 prize for the essay judged best from among those published in the journal during the previous two years.

Dr. Schwartz admired the work of Professor Wood, as well as the novels of Flannery O'Connor. It is only fitting, then, that Professor Wood should deliver the lecture and that Renascence should publish it as part of our annual commemoration of Dr. Schwartz's contribution to Renascence. It is also appropriate that the essay appear in Renascence, as it is a major repository of criticism devoted to the work of Flannery O'Connor.

This issue is also special in another way. As a suitable context for the essay on Flannery O'Connor, Renascence is also publishing essays on authors who were contemporaries of O'Connor, and who, together, contributed to a particular moment in early mid-twentieth century American literary culture. …

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