Abstract

Abstract:

Friendship in Flannery O’Connor’s world is scarce. Enmity prevails. Yet, in Wise Blood, O’Connor’s adversaries heal each other, as a self-mortifying blasphemer and covetous pagan woman forge a tie that opens a way to God. Drawing on monastic theology, this article traces their relationship from attraction, through intention, to a fruition that participates in divine life. The zeal of their bond further answers the often-heard charges that Wise Blood depicts a fraudulent Christianity that ignores the gospel call to ethical responsibility.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2056-5666
Print ISSN
0148-3331
Pages
pp. 171-186
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-04
Open Access
No
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