Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love

Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love

by Richard Giannone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823219100

ISBN-13: 9780823219100

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love interprets O'Conner's perplexing fiction on its own terms. By stepping back from prevailing controversies, this seminal study takes the pleasure of turning to the short stories and novels themselves and forming an impression of them while seeking the answers to such questions as they necessarily suggest themselves. This

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Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love interprets O'Conner's perplexing fiction on its own terms. By stepping back from prevailing controversies, this seminal study takes the pleasure of turning to the short stories and novels themselves and forming an impression of them while seeking the answers to such questions as they necessarily suggest themselves. This goal inevitably entails a consideration of the hardness and violence that are the hallmark of O'Connor's genius. That severity for Giannone is inseparable from O'Connor's recounting, in her words, the action of grace.God's bounty can leave its beneficiaries with some very real handicaps. Grace in this fiction can make the blood run cold; it can do real injury to the body; and it can annihilate. These devastations paradoxically prepare the characters to receive and give compassion. In its numerous and disturbing forms, the coupling of violence and hardship with divine favor marks the mature nature of O'Connor's Christianity. Suffering is found at heart of love and is its hidden face, agonized and abandoned. This is a love that is an anomaly and an enigma, for the wracked human body holds the glimmer of good omen. Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love traces the evolution of these gaping wounds of love to show how they present the same challenge to her readers as to her characters, all of whom must learn that we are worth what our love is worth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823219100
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Texts
Preface
Introduction1
1The Price of Guilt7
2Looking for a Good Man: "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," "A Stroke of Good Fortune," "Good Country People"42
3Finding the Good Man: "The River," "A Temple of the Holy Ghost," "A Circle in the Fire," "The Artificial Nigger," "A Late Encounter with the Enemy," "The Displaced Person"70
4The Price of Love: The Violent Bear It Away115
5Convergence: "Everything That Rises Must Converge," "Greenleaf," "A View of the Woods"154
6Preparation: "The Enduring Chill," "The Comforts of Home," "The Lame Shall Enter First"183
7Fulfillment: "Revelation" and "Parker's Back"211
8First and Last Things: "The Geranium" and "Judgement Day"232
Appendix255
Bibliography257
Index to O'Connor's Works263
General Index265

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