MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 22

Hillbilly Thomist: Flannery O'Connor & the Truth of Things

In this Conversation, Ken Myers talks with Susan Srigley about how O’Connor’s perception of reality suffuses her fiction in ways that fit the views of how art works developed by Thomas Aquinas, views often summarized as “sacramental” or “incarnational.” And Ralph Wood discusses O’Connor’s acceptance of the limits placed in our lives by Providence, how limits may be a source of wisdom rather than frustration. 60 minutes.

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    Susan Srigley: “. . . she wants to try and understand what it is that makes human beings choose something other than what is good . . .”
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    “ . . . those who want to separate religion from art . . .”
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    “ . . . the Catholic faith is not a theological solution to mystery . . .”
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    “ . . . fiction serves to delve deeper into mystery . . .”
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    “ . . . classical understanding of reason & imagination . . .”
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    “ . . . students don’t have the background stories . . .”
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    Ralph C. Wood: “ . . . she turned my world, the world of the Baptist, fundamentalist, rural South, into world-class art . . .”
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    “ . . . she had the small-town life that gave her the subject matter of her fiction, but she had the large-world life of her correspondence . . .”
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    “ . . . there is about her work a wonderful analogical quality, sensing the likeness between earthly and heavenly things . . .”
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    “ . . . the South is a region with the largest guilt, and yet the largest possibility of redemption. For her, the South is Christ-haunted, not Christ-centered . . .”
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    Closing