Flannery O'Connor | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John F. Desmond

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of Flannery O'Connor.
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Critical Essay by John F. Desmond

SOURCE: Desmond, John F. “Flannery O'Connor and the History behind the History.” Modern Age 27, nos. 3-4 (summer-fall 1983): 290-96.

In the following essay, Desmond examines the role of historicism and the aesthetic of memory in O'Connor's work.

The question of Flannery O'Connor's place in the tradition of modern Southern letters remains a vexing one for critics. Both the number and the wide ideological range of critical assessments that have appeared since her death testify to the anomalous position she continues to occupy as a Southern Catholic writer. Some may wish to argue that her rare blend of Christian orthodoxy, Southern regionalism, and comic literary genius makes her writing so unique as to defy categorization. But to argue so merely begs the question of her relationship to modern Southern literature...

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