(Mary) Flannery Underwrites James (Augusta)

Mary Lowe-Evans

in Catholic Nostalgia in Joyce and Company

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032856
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038643 | DOI:
(Mary) Flannery Underwrites James (Augusta)

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This chapter compares the Catholic nostalgia in the works of James Joyce and American author Flannery O'Connor. It explains that though O'Connor once boasted of having a Catholic background and inclinations, her fiction does not exude Catholicism as does Joyce's. It also suggests that O'Connor's works are decidedly contrary to the Catholic philosophy of love, mercy, and forgiveness and that she typically does not overtly refer to Catholic dogma and ritual as Joyce does. It also discusses her penchant for designing violent epiphanies through which her characters are spiritually enlightened at the point of death.

Keywords: James Joyce; Flannery O'Connor; Catholic nostalgia; fiction; Catholic philosophy; violent epiphanies

Chapter.  13158 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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