The Theology of Flannery Oâ Connor: Biblical Recapitulations in the Fiction of Flannery Oâ Connor
Cofer, Jordan Ray
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This thesis examines the way Flannery Oâ Connorâ s stories draw upon and transfigure various biblical texts. With sometimes shocking freedom, she twists open the original stories or references, reworking and redistributing their basic elements. Often reversing the polarity of the original stories, Oâ Connorâ s stories dramatize elements of biblical texts coming alive in different times and social settings and with quite different outcomes. At the same time, her stories still address many of the same issues as the biblical texts she transforms. This study focuses on three Oâ Connor stories: â A Good Man is Hard to Find,â which reworks the story of the rich young ruler in Matthew 19, Mark 10, and Luke 18; â Parkerâ s Back,â which transforms elements of Mosesâ encounter with the burning bush in Exodus juxtaposed with Saulâ s conversion experience in Acts 9; and â Judgment Day,â which interacts with portions of Paulâ s descriptions of the resurrection of the dead in 1 Corinthians 15. This study draws upon the work of theologically-oriented Oâ Connor scholars, as well as Oâ Connorâ s own letters and essays. I hope, through this approach, to open up a new way of responding to Oâ Connorâ s biblical echoes.
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