Reading Flannery O'Connor in Spain: From Andalusia to Andalucia (Paperback)

Reading Flannery O'Connor in Spain: From Andalusia to Andalucia By Sj Mark Bosco (Editor), Beatriz Valverde (Editor) Cover Image
By Sj Mark Bosco (Editor), Beatriz Valverde (Editor)
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This collection of essays places Flannery O'Connor's work in constructive and collaborative dialogue with Spanish literature and literary aesthetics. The international scholars who contributed to this volume explore the ways in which O'Connor's literary and religious vision continues to work in the imaginations of both American and European―mostly Spanish―authors. The subtitle of the collection―From Andalusia to Andaluc a―is a play on the name of O'Connor's family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia―Andalusia―where she spent the last sixteen years of her life living with her mother. It is said that the farm's name was chosen because its location in Milledgeville was the farthest north the Spanish explorers of the sixteenth century traveled in the eastern U.S. before returning to Florida to establish permanent Spanish settlements. While perhaps colloquial in its origins, it is, nevertheless, a fitting and emblematic link between the Southern Gothic aesthetics of O'Connor's Andalusia and the baroque heritage of southern Spain's Andaluc a.

The essays in this collection explore O'Connor's literary vision through three interpretive lenses: first, through the relationship of the literary grotesque (a genre that often defines her work) with the Spanish baroque aesthetics that have come to define Spain's artistic heritage; second, through the relationship between O'Connor's literary imagination and the literature of other European writers that broaden the intellectual conversation about her work; and, third, through comparisons with other writers whose Catholic imaginations made their work―as the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins puts it―"counter, original, spare, strange." As the essays contained in this volume show, the work of Flannery O'Connor continues to bear rich intellectual and spiritual fruit when engaging with enculturated literary and aesthetic traditions.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813233178
ISBN-10: 0813233178
Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020
Pages: 220
Language: English