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Writing Against God : Language as Message in the Literature of Flannery O'Connor [Paperback]

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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1998
Publisher   Mercer University Press
ISBN  0865546207  
EAN  9780865546202  

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Writing Against God approaches O'Connor's fiction through linguistic analysis and with reader response perceptions. It examines her grammatical and stylistic choices and addresses the inconsistencies her readers encounter and the conflict this engenders.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOANNE HALLERAN MCMULLEN is the director of extended learning in continuing education at Louisiana State University. She received her BA from the University of Kansas, her MA from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of Writing against God: Language as Message in the Literature of Flannery O?Connor (Mercer University Press, 1996).

Joanne Halleran McMullen currently resides in Greenwell Springs.

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Argues for linguistic analyses of Flannery O'Connor's fiction and explores her use of negation and Christian imagery...  Aug 3, 2008
McMullen contends that while a linguistic analysis of Flannery O'Connor's fiction reveals -- more than other critical approaches -- the depth of her talent, readers "must be explicitly coached if [their] interpretations are to match O'Connor's explications."

Explores her literary style of using simple sentences, meaningful grammatical construction, and "naming techniques that obscure or minimize personal worth." Addresses her use of symbols and suggests that her inconsistent use of symbolic "hats, sunglasses, eyes, eyeglasses, colors, wood, animals, and machinery" pose problems for her readers.

Discusses the negation present in O'Connor's fictional world signaled by her use of "negative words, negative verbs, anagrams, the concept of suffering, mysterious concealments, and directional metaphors," which tend to "negate the action of grace presumably available to her characters."

Suggests as well, that O'Connor's "images of the Georgia landscape, familial relationships, the Christ figure, inanimate objects, death, and Christian humanism take on unexpected meanings, and on close inspection appear not to support her stated Catholic views." Outlines the "Catholic concept of a sacramental marriage, the Church's stance on birth control, and the sanctity of the family," and compares these positions to O'Connor's conflicting "private comments."

McMullen completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Her 1991 dissertation was titled "Writing Against God: Language and Flannery O'Connor's Literature." Readers may also be interested in her article discussing the linear and circular patterns seen in O'Connor's depictions of time: "The Verbal Structure of Infinity," in Language and Literature 21 (1996): 45-64.

R. Neil Scott / Middle Tennessee State University

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