Class was canceled last week due to the wintery weather down here in South Louisiana, but we resumed on February 5 for a discussion of Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away.
Spring 2014 Books & Film Class Topic - Faulkner & Flannery: Exploring the Southern Gothic Held Wednesdays through February 19 at UL Lafayette Instructor: Dr. Mary Ann Wilson Notes will be updated each Friday through February 21; comment to join in the discussion. I arrived to a full classroom on Wednesday, and English professor Mary Ann Wilson began with an introduction to the Southern Gothic and the parallels between Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner. Both Southern Gothic writers working in the 1950s and early 1960s, they certainly used similar techniques in storytelling and were inspired by their surroundings, while at the same time turning out very different work. It's easy to say that Faulkner is the more famous of the two, but O'Connor's Library of America volume of collected works outsold Faulkner's. Southern Gothic - a style of writing practiced by many writers of the American South whose stories set in that region are characterized by grotesque, macabre, or fantastic incidents. Although living two states away in central Georgia, while Faulkner was in Oxford, Mississippi, O'Connor was aware of him, as he was a giant in American literature when she was just getting started. Her best known quote about him is "I keep clear of Faulkner so my