Flannery O'Connor Review

Articles from Vol. 13, 2015

"A Dialogue between above and Below": Flannery O'Connor, Martin Buber, and "Revelation" after the Holocaust
Aber weh! es wandelt in Nacht, es wohnt, wie im Orkus, Ohne Goettliches unser Geschlecht.But alas! our generation walks in night, dwells as in Hades, without the divine.-Friedrich Hölderlin (qtd. in Buber, Eclipse 22)According to a series of letters...
A Flannery O'Connor Christmas Card
Who would ever use the word "nauseous" (misspelled at that!) on a Christmas J Ë /Ê / card? Who but Flannery O'Connor? I found the card for sale online one w/ t/ day while marveling at what signed editions of her books were bringing in the S' rare book...
Aligning the Psychological with the Theological: Doubling and Race in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
Flannery O'Connor insisted that all of her fiction was about "the action of grace," and, in her fiction, a moment of grace is made possible by a "gesture which somehow made contact with [the] mystery" of the Divine life (MM 111). Contact is an important...
A Tribute to Patricia Smith Yaeger
Patricia Smith Yaeger died Friday, 25 July 2014, at home with her family after losing a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. In our Flannery O'Connor scholarly subset of Patsy's larger scholarly world, she helped us to think and re-think O'Connor's...
Exposing the Victim and Victimizing the Exposé: Persecution and Parody in O'Connor's "The Partridge Festival"
When Flannery O'Connor was compiling what would eventually become Everything That Rises Must Converge, she considered including "The Partridge Festival" as part of her second collection of short stories.1 However, as O'Connor worked further on the prospective...
Facing Parker's Back: Mary Flannery O'Connor and Her Character Sarah Ruth Cates
Until her graduation from Georgia State College for Women in 1945, Mary Flannery O'Connor was a town girl living in the house where her father had died. Roughly twenty years later, as she faced her own dying from the same cause, she completed a story...
Flannery
I, too, dislike her: there are things that are important beyondall this religion.Reading her, however, with a perfect contempt for her, onediscovers inher, after all, a place for the genuine.Hands that can grasp, eyesthat can see, hair that can rise...
From the Editor
Honors for Flannery O'Connor keep rolling in. Note the new three-ounce commemorative O'Connor stamp recently released by the US Postal Service, O'Connor's induction into the American Poets Corner at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York,...
Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times-Volume 2
Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times-Volume 2. Ed. Ann Short Chirhart and Kathleen Ann Clark. Athens, Georgia, and London: University of Georgia Press, 2014. xiii + 438 pp. [$89.95] cloth, [$29.95] paper.Women do not have it easy in the state of Georgia....
Hulga's Crown
IntroductionOne of the first poems I ever wrote was about what happened to O'Connor's / / Jpeacocks after she died. The poem won a prize and was published, and I / blithely announced that I was going to write a book of poems about O'Connor. ^--j Years...
In Memoriam: On O'Connor's Induction into the American Poets Corner
On 2 Nov. 2014, Flannery O'Connor was inducted into the American Poets Corner at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. A poet, Marilyn Nelson, and a priest, the Very Reverend James A. Kowalski, unveiled her memorial tablet,...
Introduction
What does "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor" mean? Beyond being the title of a 2014 Summer Institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, it represents what Marshall Bruce Gentry and I, as the proposers, organizers, and directors of this...
Marcus Kenney's Fallen Animals: A Southern Story Told through Photography
Visual artist Marcus Kenney presents the quintessential southern gothic story through photography in his body of work entitled Fallen Animals. Thematically, Kenney's images mirror the literary genre. His subjects ' appear to inhabit a place of unusual...
Much Mischief Is Divinest Sense: My Flannery Visitation
The bird's fire-fangled feathers dangle down.-Stevens (398)Prose and ConsIn the spring of 2007 I ran across a surprising and alluring sliver of information about Flannery O'Connor: as a child she had taken accordion lessons, which she did not relish....
Our Lives as Archives: O'Connor File 204d
An his 1989 memoir Self-Consciousness, John Updike collected six disparate, discrete essays, the most densely rewarding of which is the final one, "On Being a Self Forever." It bears upon points quite relevant to the archival passion from which many...
Photographs from Andalusia
This slingblade was beneath the floor of the Equipment Shed's tack room in a large rats' nest. It seemed hidden under there. Note this reference in an O'Connor letter:One of my peachickens turned up last week without a foot-cut plumb in two, I suspect...
Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood
Christina Bieber Lake. Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. xix + 243 pp. [$38.00] paper.The readership of the Flannery O'Connor Review may...
Seeing Potential in the Heathen: Flannery O'Connor's Unfinished Novel
In an early article on Flannery O'Connor's unfinished manuscripts for "Why Do the Heathen Rage?" Marian Burns proffers four possible reasons for O'Connor's difficulty with what would be her final effort at a novel, the two thorniest of which seem to...
The Gospel According to Flannery O'Connor: Examining the Role of the Bible in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
Jordan Cofer. The Gospel According to Flannery O'Connor: Examining the Role of the Bible in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 144 pp. [$98.99] cloth.Because O'Connor worked biblical allusions into her work so frequently, it is...
The Singular Voice of Flannery O'Connor
Editor's note: This article is based on Huddle's Flannery O'Connor Memorial Lecture presented at Georgia College in Feb. 2014.Ironic ConfidenceSeptember 1968, Roanoke, Virginia-that's when I first read Flannery O'Connor. I was 26 years old, just starting...
Toward Convergence through Revelation: O'Connor's Narrative Response to Jung
Flannery O'Connor's stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" and 'Revelation" comprise, according to Forrest Ingram, the first and last narratives in a seven-story cycle, one organized to point to a convergence as the title of the collection indicates....
White Girls
Hilton Als. White Girls. San Francisco: McSweeney's, 2013. 338 pp. $24.00 cloth.If you are, as I am, a white girl, you might be as curious as I was about this essay collection by one of America's foremost cultural commentators. If you are not indeed...
Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways
Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways. Ed. David A. Davis and Tara Powell. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2014. xi + 245 pp. [$57.00] cloth.While "You are what you eat" might seem little more than...
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