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In Peculiar Crossroads, Farrell O'Gorman explains how the radical religiosity of both Flannery O'Connor's and Walker Percy's vision made them so valuable as southern fiction writers and social critics. Via their spiritual and philosophical concerns, O'Gorman asserts, these two unabashedly Catholic authors bequeathed a postmodern South of shopping malls and interstates imbued with as much meaning as Appomattox or Yoknapatawpha. O'Gorman builds his argument with biographical, historical, literary, and theological evidence, examining the writers' work through intriguing pairings, such as O'Connor's Wise Blood with Percy's The Moviegoer, and O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find with Percy's Lancelot. An impeccable exercise in literary history and criticism, Peculiar Crossroads renders a genuine understanding of the Catholic sensibility of both O'Connor and Percy and their influence among contemporary southern writers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. “WE HAVE HAD OUR FALL”: Malaise and Mystery in the Lives of Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy
  2. pp. 15-50
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  1. 2. SOUTH TO ROME: Four Southern Writers and the Catholic Revival
  2. pp. 51-102
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  1. 3. TOWARD A CATHOLIC THEORY OF FICTION: A Christian Realism of the “Here-and-Now”
  2. pp. 103-150
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  1. 4. POSTWAR AMERICA AND THE END OF THE MODERN SOUTH: Catastrophes, Castaways, New Worlds
  2. pp. 151-198
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  1. 5. LANGUAGES OF MYSTERY: Legacies of O’Connor and Percy in Contemporary Southern Letters
  2. pp. 199-236
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-259
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780807134276
Related ISBN
9780807133354
MARC Record
OCLC
646757917
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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