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“The scar of knowledge”: Skepticism as affliction in the 20 th century American *South
This dissertation proposes that since the 1920s, the dominant literary community of the American South has constructed a discrete Southern identity specifically in response to the threat of Cartesian skepticism. I investigate ...
Flannery O'Connor and the irony of self-creation
This thesis examines self-creation in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood , The Violent Bear It Away , "Good Country People" and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in terms of the ontological category of "nothing." Specifically, it ...
The devil we are possessed by: Flannery O'Connor and Girardian mimesis
A persistent problem for literary criticism involving the fiction of Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) has been the relationship between O'Connor's religious worldview and the literary works which she created. Many critics, ...