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This course will look at Flannery O’Connor’s life in context through a biographical sketch and especially in her works. We will read one novel and two short stories. Flannery is arguably one of the greatest American writers, especially in the genre of the short story. She was deeply religious, remarkably witty, and absolutely brilliant. Writing in the Southern Gothic tradition, she opens a surprising and transcendent world to us through violence, the grotesque, and the outsider.
Tim Burger is rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Worcester. He studied at the University of GA (Literature and Philosophy); The General Seminary, NYC (Divinity); Union Seminary, NYC (Religion and Literature); and is currently working on his MFA at Sewanee, The University of the South. He has a love of southern writers including Flannery O’Connor.
Required books: Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood, Macmillan: FSG Classics. ISBN 10:0374515360. Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Short Stories, Macmillan: FSG Classics. ISBN 10P0374515360.
Reading for first class: Wise Blood
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609