- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (April 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623560888
- ISBN-13: 978-1623560881
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 228.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gospel According to Flannery O'Connor: Examining the Role of the Bible in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
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“Jordan Cofer's book is the first to examine O'Connor's work in direct connection with Biblical scriptures. Many other Christian readings of her fiction have appeared from the late 1960s forward, but Cofer's is the first close textual analysis. His study, which helps clarify O'Connor's use of the Bible, will be of assistance to students studying her work, professors who guide that study, and anyone interested in the work of the greatest Christian novelist of the 20th century.” ―
“Flannery O'Connor read the Bible well, and Jordan Cofer skillfully demonstrates how she adapted scripture-often juggling several sets of allusions at once-to produce some of the greatest fiction of the twentieth century. Far from reductive, Cofer's approach makes O'Connor's fiction seem more subtle and original, more paradoxical, more upsetting.” ―
“More than any previous interpreter of Flannery O'Connor, Jordan Cofer attends to the specifically scriptural quality of her fiction-her overt biblical references, her covert biblical allusions, her radical biblical reversals of human expectation, her subtle recasting of biblical characters and stories. Moses and Elijah, Job and Peter, Paul blinded and the Rich Young Ruler sent sorrowfully away: Cofer demonstrates how such biblical figures and events are given compelling new life in Flannery O'Connor's novels and stories.” ―--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Illustrates how Flannery O'Connor's stories dramatize elements of the Bible coming alive, anachronistically, in different times and social settings. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.