6 PM, Mon. Oct. 14, 2019, Bolz A 

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.

Both stories 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 page: https://www.uproar21.us/recent/oct-2019/


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:

​"Good Country 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 Gutenberg.org  http://www.self.gutenberg.org/articles/eng/Flannery_O%27Connor
  • 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)

"The Enduring Chill" by Flannery O'Connor
A short story as a pdf document with line numbers for reading and sharing.
The Enduring Chill.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [192.3 KB]
"Good Country People"
Short story by Flannery O'Connor
Good Country People_Flannery O'Connor.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [172.4 KB]
"A Good Man is Hard to Find"
A short story by Flannery O'Connor
A Good Man Is Hard To Find by O'Connor.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [126.5 KB]
EXILED at HOME-1; Displacement and Its Discontents in the Works of Flannery O'Connor
This flyer is designed for printing and then posting on bulletin boards, walls, and windows and doors with other flyers.
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EXILED at HOME-2; Displacement and Its Discontents in the Works of Flannery O'Conno
This more detailed flyer is meant for printing as a handout to friends or for sharing online.
Flannery_O-page-2 only_online.pdf
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