Title of Presentation:
"Exiled at Home:
Displacement and Its Discontents in the Works of Flannery O'Connor"
Gary Kriewald, retired Professor of English, UW-Platteville will discuss two stories by Flannery O' Connor: "Good Country People" and "The Enduring Chill" in order to show how:
- O'Connor treats
the concept of displacement, a prevalent theme in her work.
- Many of her
characters are "displaced" in a variety of ways: geographically, intellectually, and spiritually. Everyone at some time has felt displaced while struggling to find a way to overcome the hindrances to
achieving their personal ambitions or fulfilling their human potential.
- For O'Connor, this sense of displacement is usually the result of alienation from God and the solution is the (often violent) arrival of a moment of Grace.
provide compelling examples of a great writer exploring this universal human dilemma.
BIO: Gary L. Kriewald was
born and raised in Merrill WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught literature and writing in colleges and universities in California, Texas, Illinois, and most recently
UW-Platteville. Recently retired, he lives on the near eastside of Madison.
NOTIFY OTHERS of this lecture by printing and/or sharing online the flyers attached below along with the following link to this
ALSO PLENTY of TIME to READ or listen (on Youtube) to a few short stories by O'Connor in pdf format (links below):
- Here is a link to Dropbox folder with "Good Country People" and several other short stories by O'Connor, including "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
- Here are links to audio of each of the above:
People" (read by actors as audio play): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYOMfgb8Wxw&t=2249s
"A Good Man is Hard to
Find" (audio read hilariously by Flannery O'Connor herself before an audience): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQT7y4L5aKU
- Or attached below download PDF copies of "The Enduring Chill," "Good Country People" and "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."
- Also go to
Check out the John Huston movie on DVD
of her novel “Wise Blood” at Madison Public libraries: https://www.linkcat.info/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=title&limit=format%3A%22DVD%22&q=blood+wise
Or check out (per library or read on Guttenberg) her short story collections: “The Complete Short Stories” (1971) (Previously unavailable short stories) and “Everything That Rises Must Converge” (1965)