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The Resource Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the aesthetic of revelation, John D. Sykes

Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the aesthetic of revelation, John D. Sykes

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Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the aesthetic of revelation
Title
Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the aesthetic of revelation
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John D. Sykes
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Language
eng
Summary
" With his mastery of modernist technique and his depictions of characters obsessed with the past, Nobel laureate William Faulkner raised the bar for southern fiction writers. But the work of two later authors shows that the aesthetic of memory is not enough: Confederate thunder fades as they turn to an explicitly religious source of meaning. According to John Sykes, the fiction of Flannery O{u2019}Connor and Walker Percy provides occasions for divine revelation. He traces their work from its common roots in midcentury southern and Catholic intellectual life to show how the two adopted different theological emphases and rhetorical strategies{u2014}O{u2019}Connor building to climactic images, Percy striving for dialogue with the reader{u2014}as a means of uncovering the sacramental foundation of the created order. Sykes sets O{u2019}Connor and Percy against the background of the Southern Renaissance from which they emerged, showing not only how they shared a distinctly Christian notion of art that led them to see fiction as revelatory but also how their methods of revelation took them in different directions. Yet, despite their differences in strategy and emphasis, he argues that the two are united in their conception of the artist as 2God{u2019}s sharp-eyed witness,3 and he connects them with the philosophers and critics, both Christian and non-Christian, who had a meaningful influence on their work. Through sustained readings of key texts{u2014}particularly such O{u2019}Connor stories as 2The Artificial Nigger3 and 2The Geranium3 and Percy{u2019}s novels Love in the Ruins and The Second Coming{u2014}Sykes focuses on the intertwined themes of revelation, sacrament, and community. He views their work in relation to the theological difficulties that they were not able to overcome concerning community. For both writers, the question of community is further complicated by the changing nature of the South as the Lost Cause and segregation lose their holds and a new form of prosperity arises. By disclosing how O{u2019}Connor and Percy made aesthetic choices based on their Catholicism and their belief that fiction by its very nature is revelatory, Sykes demonstrates that their work cannot be seen as merely a continuation of the historical aesthetic that dominated southern literature for so long. Flannery O{u2019}Connor, Walker Percy, and the Aesthetic of Revelation is theoretically sophisticated without being esoteric and is accessible to any reader with a serious interest in these writers, brimming with fresh insights about both that clarify their approaches to art and enrich our understanding of their work."--Publishers website
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1952-
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Sykes, John
Dewey number
813/.54
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3565.C57
LC item number
Z88 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • O'Connor, Flannery
  • Percy, Walker
  • Revelation in literature
  • American literature
  • Christianity and literature
Label
Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the aesthetic of revelation, John D. Sykes
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-179) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
O'Connor and new criticism -- Romantic symbol and the Catholic revival -- O'Connor and the body : incarnation, redemptive suffering, and evil -- O'Connor on divine self-disclosure : Eucharist as revelation -- Helen Keller and the message in the bottle : Percy on language -- Percy's novelistic quest for faith -- Surviving apocalypse through hope and love -- Southern strangers and the sacramental community
Control code
123539550
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 192 pages
Isbn
9780826217578
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007016711
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)123539550
Label
Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the aesthetic of revelation, John D. Sykes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-179) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
O'Connor and new criticism -- Romantic symbol and the Catholic revival -- O'Connor and the body : incarnation, redemptive suffering, and evil -- O'Connor on divine self-disclosure : Eucharist as revelation -- Helen Keller and the message in the bottle : Percy on language -- Percy's novelistic quest for faith -- Surviving apocalypse through hope and love -- Southern strangers and the sacramental community
Control code
123539550
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 192 pages
Isbn
9780826217578
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007016711
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)123539550

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