This title features a perennially intriguing writer placed in the context of her troubled times and our own. Flannery O'Conr's Radical Reality brings together essays by a number of distinguished O'Conr scholars, four of whom were the writer's friends, to assess the impact of the political, religious, and social milieu of her time on vels and short stories that consistently attract interpretive attention and are rediscovered by new generations of readers. The contributors mark the current terrain of scholarship on the wry Georgian writer and open new avenues for future explorations in O'Conr's work.
Jan Norby Gretlund is a senior lecturer in American literature at the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark and the author of Eudora Welty's Aesthetics of Place and Frames of Southern Mind: Reflections on the Stoic, Bi-racial, and Existential South. Karl-Heinz Westarp is the former chair of the Department of English at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and the author of Flannery O'Connor: The Growing Craft and Precision and Depth: In Flannery O'Connor's Short Stories. With Gretlund he is coeditor of Walker Percy: Novelist and Philosopher, The Late Novels of Eudora Welty, and Realist of Distances: Flannery O'Connor Revisited.