Flannery O’Connor is considered one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, vividly portraying narratives of cultural conflict in the midst of mystery grace. This course will consider O’Connor’s fiction and her biography, emphasizing her place as an artist in the larger American narrative of social changes that happened during and following World War II: women entering the workforce; civil rights in the south; and most especially, the twentieth century Catholic literary revival in America, of which she played a pivotal part. Class participants will read O’Connor’s fiction and nonfiction, her personal letters, as well as see clips from an upcoming documentary on her, still in postproduction. This course (ENGL 244) was taught by Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., as a Doyle Seminar (small upper-level classes that foster deepened student learning about diversity and difference through research and dialogue).
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