Flannery O'Connor

The Obedient Imagination

Title Details

Pages: 296

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 03/24/2003

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2520-0

List Price: $29.95

Flannery O'Connor

The Obedient Imagination

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  • Description

Disturbing, ironic, haunting, brutal. What inner struggles led Flannery O'Connor to create fiction that elicits such labels? Much of the tension that drives O'Connor's writing, says Sarah Gordon, stems from the natural resistance of her imagination to the obedience expected by her male-centered church, society, and literary background.

Flannery O'Connor: The Obedient Imagination shows us a writer whose world was steeped in male presumption regarding women and creativity. The book is filled with fresh perspectives on O'Connor's Catholicism; her upbringing as a dutiful, upper-class southern daughter; her readings of Thurber, Poe, Eliot, and other arguably misogynistic authors; and her schooling in the New Criticism.

As Gordon leads us through a world premised on expectations at odds with O'Connor's strong and original imagination, she ranges across all of O'Connor's fiction and many of her letters and essays. While acknowledging O'Connor's singular situation, Gordon also gleans insights from the lives and works of other southern writers, Eudora Welty, Caroline Gordon, and Margaret Mitchell among them.

Flannery O'Connor: The Obedient Imagination draws on Sarah Gordon's thirty years of reading, teaching, and discussing one of our most complex and influential authors. It takes us closer than we have ever been to the creative struggles behind such literary masterpieces as Wise Blood and "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."

About the Author/Editor

SARAH GORDON is a professor emerita of English at Georgia College and State University. She was for many years the chair of her university's internationally renowned symposia on O'Connor. In addition she was the editor of the Flannery O'Connor Bulletin and the founding editor of the Flannery O'Connor Review. Her books include Flannery O'Connor: The Obedient Imagination and Flannery O'Connor: In Celebration of Genius.