The 2020 Vision of Flannery O’Connor (Remote)

Monica Miller
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Middle Georgia State University
Monday September 21
noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

In the midst of a global pandemic as well as uprisings protesting race-based violence and police brutality, the fiction of Flannery O’Connor resonates as much now as when it was first written sixty years ago by the Georgia writer, whose life was struck short by lupus at 39. Her life--which she described as a boring one lived “between the house and the chicken yard” -- informed a body of work which frequently examined the complexities of race, illness, and place. In this lecture, I will examine the ways in which stories such as “The Enduring Chill,” “Good Country People,” “A Circle in the Fire,” and others continue to resonate in our unprecedented times.

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