KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY: Department of Theatre and Performance Studies
presents a regional premiere of two Flannery O'Connor stories:
     
     

O’CONNOR ESSENTIALS

“Well, for me, the big three things that you have to appreciate if you really want to appreciate O’Connor are, first of all, you have to appreciate the Southern sense of place and identity, and this is not just geographical obviously; this is a deep cultural kind of background ….

The second thing is the Catholic Christianity—there’s just no way around it; almost every story involves in some way either the reception of grace, or damnation ….

and the third thing is the disease, lupus….

So for me, those three things—and there are others, I mean—you have to appreciate her--her sense of language; and you have to appreciate the time in which she was writing. Here is a woman who is living and working in the South in a period of incredible social change; she has one leg firmly in the past, and one that’s sort of reluctantly dragging itself into the future, and –I think that’s very important, too, for new readers of her work to understand” (King, Interview).

Click here for interview with KSU Professor David King (pdf)

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“But essential O’Connor is not about race at all, which is why it is so refreshing, coming as it does, out of such a racial culture. If it can be said to be ‘about’ anything, then it is “about” the prophets and prophecy, ‘about’ revelation, and “about” the impact of supernatural grace on human beings who don’t have a chance of spiritual growth without it” (Walker 53, emphasis in the original).

 

Works Cited

King, David. Interview. 29 September 2008.

Walker, Alice. "Beyond the Peacock: The Reconstruction of Flannery O'Connor." In Search of Our Mothers Gardens: Womanist Prose. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1983. 42-59.