Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O'Connor

Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O'Connor

by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell


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Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor, the first book-length study of O’Connor’s complex and sometimes troubling attitude towards race in her fiction and correspondence, contends that O’Connor’s race-haunted writing serves as the literary incarnation of her uncertainty about the great question of her era and of her urgent need, despite considerable reluctance, to address the fraught relationship between the races.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823288243
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Series: Studies in the Catholic Imagination: The Flannery O'Connor Trust Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is a professor, writer, and poet at Fordham University and the Associate Director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Among her recent books are Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith (Liturgical, 2015) and Andalusian Hours: Poems from the Porch of Flannery O’Connor (Paraclete, 2020).

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations | ix

Introduction: Two Minds | 1

1 “Whiteness Visible”: Critical Whiteness Studies and O’Connor’s Fiction | 13

2 Race, Politics, and the Double Mind: Flannery’s Correspondence versus O’Connor’s Fiction | 36

3 Theology, Religion, and Race: Constant Conversion and the Beginning of Vision | 70

4 “Africanist Presence” and the Role of Black Bodies | 97

5 The Failure and Promise of Communion | 125

Acknowledgments | 145

Works Cited | 149

Index | 155

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