Flannery O'Connor Recording Update
by Erin Z. Bass
I know many of you are wondering about the status of the recording of Flannery O’Connor found at UL Lafayette in late January. Last night was my final class with Dr. Mary Ann Wilson, and she played a few minutes of the recording for us to hear. It was a little hard to understand Flannery O’Connor because of her thick, Georgia accent – Dr. Wilson said she gave the word “South” three syllables – but the focus of her 1962 talk at the university was about being a Catholic writer in the South. A lot of Catholics criticized her at the time for not being Catholic enough. Even her mother thought she should be writing nice religious stories, so Flannery O’Connor took this lecture opportunity to defend herself and explain what she thought being a Catholic writer meant.
I do have a copy of the recording in hand and will be working on getting up some clips, if not her lecture in full, as soon as possible. I’m also working on transcribing the lecture, so a copy of that will be available just as soon as I’m able to decipher her accent.
For those of you in the Lafayette area, the recording is available for listening at the Center for Cultural & Eco-Tourism on campus.