Morbid Maybe, But Not Gothic: Flannery O’Connor

by eric martin

Flannery O’Connor is known as a “southern gothic” writer in the line of William Faulkner. One almost gets the sense that as time goes by she will become so enmeshed in the “gothic” side of her reputation that the “southern” element will be forgotten. Soon she will be compared to Edgar Allen Poe instead of William Faulkner.

In reality, O’Connor shares much more with Faulkner that she does with anyone of true “gothic” bent. She is a writer of region who keeps mortality and the fragility of the human body at the forefront of her writing. Death, in O’Connor’s work, is common.

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