Flannery O'Connor in the Age of Terrorism

Flannery O'Connor in the Age of Terrorism

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In any age, humans wrestle with apparently inexorable forces. Today, we face the threat of global terrorism. In the aftermath of September 11, few could miss sensing that a great evil was at work in the world. In Flannery Oa€™Connora€™s time, the threats came from different sourcesa€”World War II, the Cold War, and the Korean conflicta€”but they were just as real. She, too, lived though a a€œtime of terror.a€ The first major critical volume on Flannery Oa€™Connora€™s work in more than a decade, Flannery Oa€™Connor in the Age of Terrorism explores issues of violence, evil, and terrora€”themes that were never far from Oa€™Connora€™s reach and that seem particularly relevant to our present-day setting. The fifteen essays collected here offer a wide range of perspectives that explore our changing views of violence in a post-9/11 world and inform our understanding of a writer whose fiction abounds in violence. Written by both established and emerging scholars, the pieces that editors Avis Hewitt and Robert Donahoo have selected offer a compelling and varied picture of this iconic author and her work. Included are comparisons of Oa€™Connor to 1950s writers of noir literature and to the contemporary American novelist Cormac McCarthy; cultural studies that draw on horror comics of the Cold War and on Fordism and the American mythos of the automobile; and pieces that shed new light on Oa€™Connora€™s complex religious sensibility and its role in her work. While continuing to speak fresh truths about her own time, Oa€™Connora€™s fiction also resonates deeply with the postmodern sensibilities of audiences increasingly distant from her eraa€”readers absorbed in their own terrors and sense of looming, ineffable threats. This provocative new collection presents Oa€™Connora€™s work as a touchstone for understanding where our culture has been and where we are now. With its diverse approaches, Flannery Oa€™Connor in the Age of Terrorism will prove useful not only to scholars and students of literature but to anyone interested in history, popular culture, theology, and reflective writing. Avis Hewitt has published articles in Flannery Oa€™Connor Review, Christianity and Literature, and Renascence. She is associate professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Robert Donahoo is professor of English at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He has published articles in Flannery Oa€™Connor Review, Literature and Belief, Journal of Contemporary Thought, and Journal of the Short Story in English.Essays on Violence and Grace Avis Hewitt Robert Donahoo ... As Marjorie Reeves reports, the propheta#39;s a€œfiercenessa€ could prompt the Emperor Henry VIa#39;s marshal to remark: a€œQuanta mala ... Marxist vision opened the floodgates of revolution, a€œeven within the ranks of the picked troops of orthodoxya€ (Christie- Murray 110). ... Cribbing Joachim of Fiorea#39;s apocalyptic theology, Dolcino incited his followers to loot and murder to bring about the millennium according to Revelationa#39;s blueprint.

Title:Flannery O'Connor in the Age of Terrorism
Author: Avis Hewitt
Publisher:Univ. of Tennessee Press - 2010-07-28

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