Addenda

14 Jul

More on Flannery O'Connor

Category: What We're Reading
By: Ken Myers
Published: 07/14/05

Listeners who appreciated learning more about Flannery O'Connor's work from Ralph C. Wood and Susan Srigley (volume 73) will also be interested in two other books about O'Connor recently released. . . .

Listeners who appreciated learning more about Flannery O'Connor's work from Ralph C. Wood and Susan Srigley (volume 73) will also be interested in two other books about O'Connor recently released. Christina Bieber Lake's The Incarnational Art of Flannery O'Connor (Mercer University Press) examines "O'Connor's concerted effort to defy the Gnostic tendencies in American thought." Lake argues that "Bodies in O'Connor stories serve always to remind characters and readers of what the Incarnation validates—the inescapable reality of human embodiment."

Meanwhile, in Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism, (published by Roman & Littlefield in 2002 and just released in paperback by Lexington Books), Henry T. Edmondson, III, makes the case that O'Connor agreed with "Nietzsche's complaint that the modern age is populated by 'last men,' individuals without faith, vision, purpose, or valor. Her solution, unlike Nietzsche's, was a recovery of the concepts of good and evil, not their rejection." [Posted July 2005, KAM]