Flannery O'Connor: A Proper Scaring

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To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.

—Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners

Drowning in a river, the violent murder of a grandmother in the backwoods of Georgia, and the trans-genital display of a freak at a carnival show are all shocking literary devices used by Flannery O'Connnor, one of American literature's best pulp fiction writers. More than thirty-five years after her death, readers are still shocked by ...

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Overview

To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.

—Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners

Drowning in a river, the violent murder of a grandmother in the backwoods of Georgia, and the trans-genital display of a freak at a carnival show are all shocking literary devices used by Flannery O'Connnor, one of American literature's best pulp fiction writers. More than thirty-five years after her death, readers are still shocked by O'Connor's grotesque images. Dr. Jill Baumgaertner concentrates on O'Connor's use of emblems, those moments of sudden and horrid illumination when the sacred and the profane merge as sacrament. This readable volume is ideal for college students, O'Connor scholars, or those wishing to better understand southern gothic fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Sperry
[This book] would be both informative and accessible to students, scholars and anyone interested in Christian or Southern gothic literature. -- ForeWord Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781625640253
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: The Flannery O'Connor Studies Series
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner is professor of English at Wheaton College.

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