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Flannery O'Connor's Dark Comedies: The Limits of Inference
     

Flannery O'Connor's Dark Comedies: The Limits of Inference

by Carol Shloss
 

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In Flannery O'Connor's Dark Comedies, Carol Shloss moves from biographical, thematic, and theological approaches and instead focuses her criticism on the successes and failures of O'Connor as a rhetorician.

This valuable study of O'Connor's style uses reader-response theory to dissect the author's use of hyperbole, distortion, allusion, analogy, the

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In Flannery O'Connor's Dark Comedies, Carol Shloss moves from biographical, thematic, and theological approaches and instead focuses her criticism on the successes and failures of O'Connor as a rhetorician.

This valuable study of O'Connor's style uses reader-response theory to dissect the author's use of hyperbole, distortion, allusion, analogy, the dramatization of extreme religious experience, the manipulation of judgment through narrative voice, and direct address to the reader.

Schloss aims to return Flannery O'Connor to her readers on fathomable terms, to offer a rhetorical, rather than theological, perspective from which to understand the country preachers, square-jawed farm wives, wise rubes, foolish intellectuals, huckster Bible salesmen, killers, and other "good country people" who populate O'Connor's fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807142455
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
01/16/2012
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Shloss is a consulting professor in English at Stanford University.

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