Some Things to Think About When Thinking

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Some Things to Think About . . . : 

Some Things to Think About . . . When Thinking About Flannery O’Connor

Early Reviews and the Grotesque : 

Early Reviews and the Grotesque According to Sura P. Wrath, an O’Connor scholar, “Early reviews of Flannery O’Connor’s work were based on analysis of theme or setting. In the four decades since the publication of Wise Blood (1952), critical response to her fiction has passed through as many different phases. Early reviews published in popular magazines, newsletters, and newspapers simultaneously praised and condemned the novel for its grotesquerie, violence, and other naturalistic elements and judged the narrative on the basis of its contribution to the desired tone and atmosphere of the grotesque” (Flannery O’Connor: New Perspectives 1).

The Grotesque, Defined : 

The Grotesque, Defined From Jeanne Campbell Reesman’s “Women, Language, and the Grotesque in Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty”, published in Flannery O’Connor: New Perspectives

The grotesque, continued : 

The grotesque, continued

A bit about religiosity in “Good Country People” : 

A bit about religiosity in “Good Country People” A brief lecture that deals with philosophy and Christian themes (it is well-known that O’Connor wrote from a “Christian humanist” perspective and/or, as she herself has put it, a “Southern Catholic” perspective. This lectures provides just a taste of an interpretation that focuses on these elements, which are certainly important and often recognized but outside the scope of the grotesque (though, of course, the grotesque informs them)

Campbell Reesman on “A Good Man is Hard to Find” : 

Campbell Reesman on “A Good Man is Hard to Find” This concludes the lecture on the grotesque. Likely, you still have some questions about its meanings and manifestations in literary texts, but you will probably recognize these elements more readily in both stories and in other literature you encounter that deals with or in the grotesque. While it is not a traditional literary element like character, setting, or plot, it IS nonetheless an element present in a great deal of noted Southern texts (primarily Southern), and an understanding of its uses helps readers recognize the degree to which many Southerners were pushed aside, isolated, “othered” by those with more normative bodies, lives, and the like.

Elements of the Grotesque in “Good Country People” : 

Elements of the Grotesque in “Good Country People” In “Good Country People”, an obvious, very physical manifestation of the grotesque is Joy/Hulga’s fake leg, something that carries a less than “normal” visual representation; the thieving of this leg by “Manly” the Bible seller is itself an act of the grotesque (as opposed to a representation of it); the very inquiry as to removing her leg is as well. The behavior is extreme, abnormal, distasteful, focused on the body (corporeal) and its functions and lack thereof. Other, less obvious examples exist throughout the text – the comparison of Mrs. Freeman’s face to a truck, the depiction of Mrs. Hopewell “talking her head off” ( ).

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