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Flannery O'Connor, Hermit Novelist

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Overview

Sequestered by ill health, O'Connor spent the final thirteen years of her life on her isolated family farm in rural Georgia. During this productive time she developed a fascination with fourth-century Christians who retreated to the desert for spiritual replenishment and whose isolation, suffering, and faith mirrored her own. In Flannery O'Connor, Hermit Novelist, Richard Giannone explores O'Connor's identification with these early Christian monastics and the ways in which she infused her fiction with their teachings. Surveying the influences of the desert fathers on O'Connor's protagonists, Giannone shows how her characters are moved toward a radical simplicity of ascetic discipline as a means of confronting both internal and worldly evils while being drawn closer to God. Artfully bridging literary analysis, O'Connor's biography, and monastic writings, Giannone's study explores O'Connor's advocacy of self-denial and self-scrutiny as vital spiritual weapons that might be brought to bear against the antagonistic forces she found rampant in modern American life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570039102
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Giannone is a professor of English at Fordham University and the author of Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love, Vonnegut: A Preface to His Novels, and Music in Willa Cather's Fiction.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 The Hermit Novelist 1
2 Hazel Motes and the Desert Tradition 31
3 Sporting with Demons 65
4 Entering a Strange Country 90
5 The Prophet and the Word in the Desert 144
6 Acedia and Penthos 170
7 Vision and Vice 204
8 The Power of Exile 236
Works Cited 275
Index 281
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