Closely review some of Flannery O’ Connor’s disturbing and comic short stories, which embody a critique of Southern society and the flawed vessels who live in it. We’ll follow the pathetic ways her archetypal characters avoid individual pain and responsibility for their actions. We might also discover O’Connor’s greatness — her conveyance that spirit can open up even in the experiences that seem most alien to it.
John Campion is a poet with over 35 years of teaching experience, most recently in English at UC Berkeley and with OLLI. He is the founder of Ecotropic Works, a movement concerned with the interrelationship of human culture and the environment. His poetry, art, essays, collaborations, and philosophy reflect these values.