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Passing by the dragon : the Biblical tales of Flannery O'Connor

Michaels, J. Ramsey. (Author). Howard, Thomas. (Added Author).

Summary: This book attempts a close reading of the fiction of Flannery O'Connor, story by story, with one eye on her use of the Bible, and her view of the Bible in relation to her own work. After introductory chapters on O'Connor's markings in her own Roman Catholic Bible, her book reviews in diocesan newspapers, and her impatience with her wayward readers, Michaels looks first at her two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, and then at seventeen of her short stories from her two collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge. Michaels takes notice of O'Connor's explicit references to the Bible (or Bibles) in her stories, and looks more particularly to the ways in which the stories are driven at least in part by specific biblical texts. Among the themes that emerge are alienation or displacement, what it means to be "good" the relation between body and spirit and between the Old Testament and the New, issues of race and gender, and above all what O'Connor once called "the action of grace in territory held largely by the devil."--Book cover.

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  • OCLC: ocn825756518
  • ISBN: 1620322234
  • ISBN: 9781620322239
  • Physical Description: xii, 211 pages ; 23 cm
  • Published: Eugene, Oregon :Cascade Books,[2013]
  • Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, [2013]

Content descriptions

Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-211).
Contents: Flannery's Bible -- Her wayward readers -- A Christian malgré lui -- The Old Testament wedded to the New -- The devil and his legions -- The good, the bad, and the compassionate -- Creator, host, and Holy Ghost -- Two gentleman callers -- More visitations -- Men and monsters -- Getting home -- The New Testament wedded to the Old.
Subject: O'Connor, Flannery -- Criticism and interpretation
O'Connor, Flannery
O'Connor, Flannery -- 1925-1964
Bibel -- Bibel
Christian fiction, American -- Criticism and interpretation
Christian fiction, American
Christliche Literatur
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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