Gospel According to Flannery O'Connor : Examining the Role of the Bible in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction

By: Cofer, JordanMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Huntingdon : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014Description: 1 online resource (161 p.)ISBN: 9781623562274Subject(s): Bible -- In literature | O''Connor, Flannery -- Criticism and interpretationGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Gospel According to Flannery O'Connor : Examining the Role of the Bible in Flannery O'Connor's FictionDDC classification: 813/.54 LOC classification: PS3565.C57 -- .Z624 2014ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- 1 Towards a New Approach to Flannery -- 2 Wise Blood as a Primer for O'Connor's Religious Vision -- 3 From Dishonor to Glory: Biblical Recapitulation in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "Judgment Day" -- 4 The Terrible Speed of Mercy: Flannery O'Connor's Backwoods Prophets -- 5 So the Last Shall Be First, and the First Last: Biblical Reversals in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor -- Bibliography -- Index -- Index of Biblical References
Summary: Jordan Cofer examines the influence of the Bible upon Flannery O'Connor's fiction. While there are many studies exploring how her Catholicism affected her fiction, this book argues that O'Connor is heavily influenced by the Bible itself. Specifically, it explicates the largely undocumented ways in which she used the Bible as source material for her work. It also shows that, rhetorically, many of O'Connor's stories (and/or characters) are based upon biblical models. Furthermore, Cofer explains how O'Connor's stories engage their biblical analogues in unusual, unexpected, and sometimes grotesque
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Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- 1 Towards a New Approach to Flannery -- 2 Wise Blood as a Primer for O'Connor's Religious Vision -- 3 From Dishonor to Glory: Biblical Recapitulation in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "Judgment Day" -- 4 The Terrible Speed of Mercy: Flannery O'Connor's Backwoods Prophets -- 5 So the Last Shall Be First, and the First Last: Biblical Reversals in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor -- Bibliography -- Index -- Index of Biblical References

Jordan Cofer examines the influence of the Bible upon Flannery O'Connor's fiction. While there are many studies exploring how her Catholicism affected her fiction, this book argues that O'Connor is heavily influenced by the Bible itself. Specifically, it explicates the largely undocumented ways in which she used the Bible as source material for her work. It also shows that, rhetorically, many of O'Connor's stories (and/or characters) are based upon biblical models. Furthermore, Cofer explains how O'Connor's stories engage their biblical analogues in unusual, unexpected, and sometimes grotesque

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Cofer (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College) argues that O'Connor, instead of filling her fiction with biblical allusions, retells biblical stories, especially of Paul and the prophets, and that her stories generally contain ironic reversals. For example, Cofer relates Wise Blood to Paul's conversion, pointing out that both Paul and Hazel Motes are reluctant to serve Christ and have episodes of blindness; Mason and Tarwater of The Violent Bear It Away to the Old Testament prophets Elijah and Elisha; the Misfit of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" to the rich young ruler; and Ruby Turpin of "Revelation" to the Pharisee who thinks himself superior to the Publican. The study reveals Cofer's extensive knowledge of the Bible and of the critical literature related to O'Connor, and it has rewarding insights regarding the stories. But the book is marred by nonstandard prose, which impairs readability (especially the first chapter). Accordingly, readers may prefer J. Ramsey Michaels's excellent Passing by the Dragon: The Biblical Tales of Flannery O'Connor (CH, Sep'13, 51-0147), which finds allusions, themes, and parallels with biblical stories in O'Connor's work and emphasizes that the world O'Connor's characters live in is territory held by the devil. --Mimosa Summers Stephenson, University of Texas at Brownsville

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Jordan Cofer is Associate Professor of English at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, USA.

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