Flannery O'Connor: The Making of an American Master
Please join us to watch a film about one of America's most iconic Catholic writers followed by a discussion with the film's producer, Mark Bosco, S.J.,and one of the most respected scholars of O'Connor's work, Angela O'Donnell of Fordham University's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.
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__________. “Flannery O’Connor: A walking contradiction on race.” America (July 27, 2020). https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/07/17/flannery-oconnor-walking-contradiction-race.
Bosco, Mark and Brent Little, editors. Revelation and Convergence: Flannery O’Connor and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017.
Elie, Paul. “How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?” The New Yorker (June 22, 2020). https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/22/how-racist-was-flannery-oconnor.
O’Donnell, Angela. Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020.
__________. Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.
__________. “How Flannery O’Connor Found Her Art & Her God in Her Letters.” America. August 8, 2008. https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2018/08/08/how-flannery-oconnor-found-her-art-and-her-god-letters.
__________. “The ‘Canceling’ of Flannery O’Connor?” Commonweal (August 3, 2020). https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/cancelling-flannery-oconnor.
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In the News
Reading Flannery O'Connor Today
America Magazine includes a look back at one of America’s most iconic Catholic writers, Flannery O’Connor, in their Fall 2021 literary review, re-examining her works in a modern lens. Author Hannah E. Ryan points to the “internal dissonance” between O’Connor’s social commentary and theological vision, and the recent revelations of racism that was present throughout her life. In light of this legacy, Loyola University Maryland recently renamed Flannery O’Connor Hall, a campus residence hall, to Thea Bowman Hall.
For further consideration of this exemplary Catholic writer and her impacts in the modern day, please join the Boisi Center on November 4 from 5-7:30pm for a screening of the documentary film Flannery, followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Mark Bosco S.J., and O’Connor scholar Angela O’Donnell.