The True Country: Themes in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor


Intended for a general audience as well as the scholar and student, this first full-length study of Flannery O'Connor's fiction available again in a paperback edition.

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Intended for a general audience as well as the scholar and student, this first full-length study of Flannery O'Connor's fiction available again in a paperback edition.

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It is difficult to imagine a more thorough examination of the fiction than Martin gives us in this book....There is little doubt that Flannery O'Connor would have appreciated this reading of her work.
Journal of Modern Literature

Cited for outstanding merit by the Modern Language Association of America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826512499
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1969
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction 3
1 The True Country: Flannery O'Connor's Sacramental View 10
2 The Countryside: Corruptions of the Spirit 28
3 The Presence of Grace 83
4 Manifestations of God's Grace 104
5 Symbols of Spiritual Reality 137
6 The Gothic Impulse 152
7 Comic and Grim Laughter 189
8 Technique as Theme: Satire and Irony 215
Bibliography 243
Index 249
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