Wise Blood

A Re-Consideration

Editeur(s) : Han John

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Wise Blood: A Re-Consideration is a collection of nineteen new essays on Flannery O’Connor’s 1952 novel about the spiritual journey of a young man raised in a fundamentalist Christian family. Following the pattern of previous books in the Dialogue series, it offers analyses by established and emerging scholars in North America. The volume comprises five sections: Religious and Philosophical Thought; Comedy, Humor, and Animality in Wise Blood; Influences on Wise Blood; Structural Issues; and Gender, Culture, and Genre. An intensely religious novel by a Catholic author, Wise Blood continues to draw keen attention from literary scholars, theologians, preachers, and lay readers. This volume encompasses many new critical perspectives that will encourage greater insights, deeper understandings, and further investigations of the complexities of O’Connor’s modern classic set in the Deep South.

    Collection : Dialogue

  • Publication 2011
  • ISBN 978-90-420-3389-4
  • Support Livre relié
  • Format 15 x 22
  • Num. dans la collection 13
  • Nombre de pages 452


Abbreviations for O’Connor’s Works

John J. Han: Introduction

Section I: Religious and Philosophical Thought

Debra L. Cumberland: Flannery O’Connor and the Question of the Christian Novel

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald: This Protestant World: Flannery O’Connor’s Portrayal of the Modern Protestant South in Wise Blood

Susan Amper: “I believe, I believe”: The Miracle of Christ in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood

Andrew Peter Atkinson: Virgil If Punched in the Gut: A Defense of Jansenist Interpretations of Wise Blood

Section II: Comedy, Humor, and Animality in Wise Blood

Andrew B. Leiter: Comedy and the Anti-existential in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood

Aaron Hillyer: Becoming Human, Becoming Animal: The Anthropological Machine at Work in Wise Blood

Paul Benedict Grant: O’Connor’s Comic Vision: Faith and Humor in Wise Blood

Section III: Influences on Wise Blood

Jordan Cofer: Flannery & Franz: Tracing the Kafkaesque Influences on O’Connor’s Wise Blood

John J. Han: A Roman Catholic Response to Nihilism and Protestantism: Wise Blood as an Anti-Kafkaesque Novel

Henry T. Edmondson III: Flannery O’Connor and Gerard Manley Hopkins on the Virtues of Blindness and Silence

Section IV: Structural Issues

W. A. Sessions: The Ambiguity of Vocation: Or, What Flannery Meant by “Malgré Lui”

Lewis MacLeod: “Was You Going Anywheres?”: Wandering Between the Modern and Postmodern in Wise Blood

Lylas Dayton Rommel: The Dostoevskian Structure of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood

Section V: Gender, Culture, and Genre

Marshall Bruce Gentry: Wise Women, Wise Blood

Janine Tobeck: No Redeeming Value: The Violence of/toward Realism in Wise Blood

Teresa Clark Caruso: Whores and Heathens: Misogynistic Representations in Wise Blood

Stacey Peebles: He’s Huntin’ Something: Hazel Motes as Ex-Soldier

Sonya Freeman Loftis: Death, Horror, and Darkness: O’Connor’s Gothic Novel on Screen

Mark Schiebe: Car Trouble: Hazel Motes and the Fifties Counterculture

Abstracts of Arguments

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