Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the mid-twentieth-century American novelist and short-story writer Flannery O'Connor, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction, biography, & teaching resources

Hungerford, Amy. "Lecture 3 - Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood Video lecture from Yale University on how to read and understand O'Connor's Wise Blood. Yale Open Courses, ENGL 291, "The American Novel Since 1945." "Lecture 4 - Flannery O'Connor (cont)."

"Flannery O'Connor." An introduction, biography, and brief critical overview for Flannery O'Connor, from educational publisher Pearson/Longman.

Henderson, Gloria. "Flannery O'Connor: 'A Good Man is Hard to Find.'" Three audio files: Dr. Henderson reading from a section of the story, lecturing on it, and discussing ways to write about it. Longmans Lectures, from educational publisher Pearson/Longman [scroll down for O'Connor].

"Flannery O'Connor." An introduction to Flannery O'Connor, The Heath Anthology of American Literature.

Jordan, Michael M. "Flannery O'Connor's writing: a guide for the perplexed." On Flannery O'Connor's enduring appeal among readers, teachers, and critics. Modern Age Winter 2005.

"Andalusia Farm: The Home of Flannery O'Connor." Web site for the farm, now open to the public, where O'Connor lived from 1951 until her death. Includes a biography, photos, lesson plans for teaching O'Connor, and more.

A Teacher's Guide to Flannery O'Connor, from textbook publisher Heath.

McGill, Robert James. "Flannery O'Connor." An extended introduction to Flannery O'Connor from the Literary Encyclopedia 8 Nov. 2002 [subscription service].


literary criticism

Askin, Denise T. "Anagogical Vision and Comedic Form In Flannery O'Connor: The Reasonable Use Of The Unreasonable." Renascence Fall 2004 [subscription service, highbeam].

Bandy, Stephen C. "'One of my babies': the misfit and the grandmother in Flannery O'Connor's short story 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find.'" Studies in Short Fiction 33, 1 (Winter 1996) pp 107-18 [subscription service; also has 14 additional peer-reviewed scholarly articles on "A Good Man Is Hard to Find, enotes].

Bleikasten, Andre. "Beginnings and endings in Flannery O'Connor." Mississippi Quarterly 59, 1/2 (Winter 2005) [sub ser, questia].

Bolton, Betsy. "Placing violence, embodying grace: Flannery O'Connor's 'Displaced Person.'" Studies in Short Fiction 34, 1 (Winter 1997) [sub ser, questia].

Desmond, John F. "Stalking joy: Flannery O'Connor and the dangerous quest." Christianity and Literature Autumn 2010 [sur ser, questia].

Dessommes, Nancy Bishop. "O'Connor's Mrs. May and Oates's Connie: an unlikely pair of religious initiates." Dessommes contends that Connie in Joyce Carol Oates's short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" shares many traits with Flannery O'Connor's Mrs. May, the selfish widow in her short story "Greenleaf." Studies in Short Fiction Summer 1994 [gone].

Di Renzo, Anthony. American Gargoyles: Flannery O'Connor and the Medieval Grotesque (Southern Illinois UP 1995) [complete book at sub ser, questia].

Farmer, Joy A. "Mary Hood and the speed of grace: catching up with Flannery O'Connor." Author notes that "In tracing the genealogy of Southern writers, reviewers often connect Mary Hood with Flannery O'Connor." Studies in Short Fiction 33, 1 (Winter 1996) [sub ser, questia].

Fike, Matthew. "The Timothy Allusion in "A Good Man Is Hard To Find." Renascence 52, 4 (Summer 2000) [sub ser, questia].

Hardy, Donald E. and David Durian. "The Stylistics of Syntactic Complements: Grammar and Seeing in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction." Style Spring 2000 [sub ser, highbeam].

Havird, David. "The saving rape: Flannery O'Connor and patriarchal religion" ["Greenleaf," "Revelation," and "Good Country People"]. Mississippi Quarterly 47, 1 (Winter 1995) [sub ser, questia].

Kehl, D.G. "Flannery O'Connor's 'Fourth Dimension': the role of sexuality in her fiction." Mississippi Quarterly (Spring 1995) [sub ser, highbeam].

O'Gorman, Farrell. "The angelic artist in the fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy." Renascence 53, 1 (Fall 2000) pp 63-79 [sub ser, enotes].

Owens, Mitchell. "The function of signature in 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find.'" Studies in Short Fiction 43, 1 (Winter 1996) pp 101-6 [sub ser, bookrags].

Paige, Linda Rohrer. "White trash, low class, and no class at all: Perverse portraits of phallic power in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood." Papers on Language and Literature 33, 3 (Summer 1997) [sub ser, questia].

Petit, Susan. "Finding Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Man' in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead and Home." Christianity and Literature 59, 2 (Winter 2010) pp 301-18 [brief summaries of article, zotero].

Rath, Sura Prasad . A review of Donald E. Hardy's Narrating Knowledge in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction (U of S. Carolina P). South Central Review 22, 1 (Spring 2005) pp 129-30 [excerpt of review, muse].

Schaub, Thomas. A review of Jon Lance Bacon's Flannery O'Connor and Cold War Culture (Cambridge UP). MFS Modern Fiction Studies 40, 2 (Summer 1994) pp 373-75 [excerpt of review, muse].

Yaeger, Patricia. "Southern Orientalism: Flannery O'Connor's cosmopolis." Mississippi Quarterly (Fall 2003) [sub ser, questia].


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