Journal Article

The Rise of the I–It World in Flannery O'Connor's Monologic Community

Garifallia Doriza

in Literature and Theology

Volume 19, issue 4, pages 311-326
Published in print November 2005 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/fri040
The Rise of the I–It World in Flannery O'Connor's Monologic Community

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Martin Buber and Flannery O'Connor endorse realism—the gateway to the ultimate Thou. Buber affirms that a strenuous effort should lead to the basic pair of one's self—I and Thou—which should develop at the expense of the other pair, I and It, culminating in and flourishing within a community based on dialogical communication. Flannery O'Connor captures the social ill of alienation, whose complexities give unequal rise to the world of I–It. Special emphasis is put on the erosive forces that undermine the social foundations, giving rise to the It-world through the annihilation of dialogical community.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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