Flannery O'Connor: Voice of the Peacock

Flannery O'Connor: Voice of the Peacock

by Kathleen Feeley S.S.N.D.


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My book aims to help readers understand and appreciate O'Connor's novels and short stories. It weaves together her "place"-Milledgeville, Georgia; her purpose-to write a good story; and her preoccupations-belief, death, grace, and the devil. I explicate the influences that give depth to her fiction: her understanding and respect for the mores of the South (including relationships between races), the books she read and marked that reveal links to her own philosophy and literary skill, and her deep religious convictions.

Today, our encounters with the "other," the different one, elicit fear and lead to violence from us, as individuals and as nations. For O'Connor, the "other" is a distorted image of God. Her stories show how this distortion calls forth God's grace, and the violence in her stories enables her characters to discover their true selves. Her unique blend of talent and convictions allows her to create stories with long extensions of meaning. In our era of "quick reads," O'Connor's fiction leads us to a more contemplative mode of reading. When we finish one of her stories, we have experienced the intellectual pleasure of a finely-wrought artifact, and we also have much to think about: belief, death, grace, and the devil. Not a bad combination, that!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823232154
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Edition description: 1
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Feeley, a School Sister of Notre Dame, has taught English at the Catholic University of Ghana for six years, 2003 - 2009. Presently, she is teaching English to young African men and women in formation programs for several religious congregations, including her own, in the vicinity of Sunyani, Brong Ahafo, Ghana, where she lives. She is the former President of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a position she held for 21 years. She received Fulbright teaching fellowships to India (six months) and to China (one year.) She was a Visiting Professor at the Australian Catholic University for one year.

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