Flannery O'Connor and the Perils of Governing by Tenderness - Politics, Literature, & Film (Hardback)Jerome C Foss (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 231 x 160 x 20 mm
Foss's study is a welcome breath of fresh air and an important addition to O'Connor studies, and none too soon. In our present age of competing political ideologies, this book serves a dual aim for two kinds of readers: to introduce those familiar with O'Connor to a deeper appreciation of the political significance of her work; and to introduce those more interested in political philosophy to the corrective that O'Connor's emphasis on incarnational truth demands. Foss's excellent study addresses an obvious lacuna in O'Connor scholarship (how could we have missed it?), and at the same time reminds us that, as theories go, they only finally matter if they translate to the world of flesh and blood. As Foss rightly suggests in his assessment of O'Connor, to separate concerns of faith from the concerns of the polis does an injustice to both. -- Michael Bruner, author of A Subversive Gospel: Flannery O'Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
By revisiting Flannery O'Connor's eclectic bookshelves and acknowledging her expansive intellect, Dr. Foss convincingly argues that O'Connor's stories project a significant understanding of the history of political philosophy, from Plato to Heidegger. O'Connor's well-documented quest to understand her faith through fiction brings her in stories into dialogue with classical, medieval, and modern schools of political thought. A valuable read. -- Christine Flanagan, author of The Letters of Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon
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