Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love

Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love

by Richard Giannone
     
 

Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love interprets O'Connor'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…  See more details below

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Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love interprets O'Connor'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.. "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.

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Giannone (English, Fordham U.) offers close reading and insightful interpretation of O'Connor's works. He addresses his subject in eight chapters which are titled by themes such as The Price of Guilt (); Looking for a Good Man (, and others); and Finding the Good Man ( and others). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823219117
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
2
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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Richard Giannone is Professor of English at Fordham University.

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