Understanding the Hillbilly Thomist

Understanding the Hillbilly Thomist

By Fr. Damien Ference
Product Code: 9781685780166

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Flannery O'Connor is often regarded as one of the best writers of the twentieth century. Her books and short stories continue to delight, captivate, and transform readers of all backgrounds to this day. They are savagely violent, hilariously humorous, and spiritually potent.

Many people who read O'Connor's books about backwoods prophets and outcasts for the first time find them curiously nihilistic and dismal. Others who have read her letters and writings recognise the deep Catholic knowledge of sin and grace that drives them. Fr. Damian Ference presents a more accurate lens for decoding Flannery O'Connor's narrative art in this new book, one that stems from O'Connor's own remarks about herself: Hillbilly Thomism. The author looks at how St. Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic philosophical tradition affected not only O'Connor's vision of reality, but also the stories she presented to help us see and know it.

Understanding the Hillbilly Thomist, with an impressive array of biographical and literary evidence and extensive analysis of her short stories "The River," "Parker's Back," and "The Displaced Person," is an important look at the intersection of mediaeval philosophy and modern fiction in one of the American South's most treasured artists.

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