In her brief life, Flannery O’Connor wrote two novels and more than 30 short stories that continue to shock and confound readers. O’Connor was a serious theologian and a remarkably gifted writer. Her stories provide perspectives on Christ and the gospel designed to wake up a post-war generation that was giving up hope in objective truth. Her stories continue to call us back to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, especially the Incarnation and the Resurrection. The Get to Know Flannery O’Connor course will examine her works in this context and explore how 21st century Christians might communicate the gospel in ways our current generation needs to hear it.
Readings include: Wise Blood, The Violent Bear it Away, Mystery and Manners, A Proper Scaring, The Terrible SPeed of Mercy, A Prayer Journal: Flannery O’Connor, and Flannery O’Connor: The Complete Stories. Students may optionally acquire The Habit of Being as well.