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Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O'Connor

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell


Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor is the first book-length study of O’Connor’s attitude toward race in her fiction and correspondence and is the first study to include controversial material from unpublished letters that reveals the complex and troubling nature of her thoughts on the subject. O’Connor lived and wrote in her native Georgia during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights movement. In one of her letters, O’Connor frankly expresses her double-mindedness regarding the social and political upheaval taking place in the U.S.: “I hope that to be of two minds about some thi ... More

Keywords: African American, Civil Rights, Flannery O’Connor, race, The South, whiteness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823288243
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, author
Fordham University