Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism

Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism

by Henry T. Edmondson, Marion Montgomery
     
 

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Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism is a superb guide to the works of Flannery O'Connor; and like O'Connor's stories themselves, it is captivating, provocative, and unsettling. Edmondson organizes O'Connor's thought around her principal concern, that with the nihilistic claim that 'God is dead' the traditional signposts of good and evil… See more details below

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Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism is a superb guide to the works of Flannery O'Connor; and like O'Connor's stories themselves, it is captivating, provocative, and unsettling. Edmondson organizes O'Connor's thought around her principal concern, that with the nihilistic claim that 'God is dead' the traditional signposts of good and evil have been lost. Edmondson's book demonstrates that the combination of O'Connor's artistic brilliance and philosophical genius provide the best response to the nihilistic despair of the modern world—a return to 'good and evil' through humility and grace.

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ISBN-13:
9780739160336
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
09/24/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
635,133
File size:
1 MB

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Pamela K. Jensen
Pamela K. Jensen, Kenyon College
With this lucid, compelling, and important book, Henry T. Edmondson III reveals Flannery O'Connor's prophetic poetry and explains her moral vision. He leads us into the heart of her fiction and exhibits a profound understanding of her intentions and of her theological sources. Moving adroitly among her stories, letters, and speeches--intrepidly tracking her every literary move--Edmondson makes it as hard for us, as it is for O'Connor's characters, to remain in "some halfway position" on moral questions. He demonstrates, moreover, that O'Connor's "Christian realism" is not for the faint of heart. She offers shock therapy for the morally obtuse and hard-edged truths to alarm the easygoing and sentimental. As Edmondson explains, O'Connor's stories show why the Nietzchean effort to expel good and evil, and God and the Devil, is doomed to fail--but she further shows that when this misadventure is abandoned, self-knowledge will return through grace.
Peter Augustine Lawler
Peter Augustine Lawler, Berry College
Edmondson's considerable philosophical and theological sophistication informs every page of his interpretations of O'Connor's stories. That interpretation is wonderfully intense and nuanced, because Edmondson is convinced that these stories might just be one way we can know the truth. Edmondson's book inaugurates a new stage in the scholarly appreciation of Flannery O'Connor.
Peter Kalkavage
Peter Kalkavage, St. John's College
To my knowledge, this is the best thing written on Flannery O'Connor. It is extremely valuable, insightful, and beautifully written; like O'Connor's stories themselves, it is hard to put down. It is a splendid introduction to first-time readers as well as a treasure for those who are well acquainted with O'Connor's works. . . . Professor Edmondson leads us to the heart of the stories with gracefulness and directness.

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