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Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O'Connor

Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O'Connor

by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell


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Radical Ambivalence is the first book-length study of O’Connor’s attitude towards race in her fiction and correspondence. It is also the first study to include controversial material from unpublished letters that reveals the complex and troubling nature of O’Connor’s thoughts on the subject. O’Connor lived and did most of her writing in her native Georgia during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights movement. In one of her letters, O’Connor frankly expresses her double-mindedness regarding the social and political upheaval taking place in the U.S. with regard to race: “I hope that to be of two minds about some things is not to be neutral.Radical Ambivalence explores this double-mindedness, and how it manifests itself in O’Connor’s fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9780823288243
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Series: Studies in the Catholic Imagination: The Flannery O'Connor Trust Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is a professor, writer, and poet at Fordham University and is the Associate Director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Among her recent books are Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith (Liturgical, 2015) and Andalusian Hours: Poems from the Porch of Flannery O’Connor (Paraclete, 2020).

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