Essay about flannery oconner: queen of irony

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Flannery O’Connor: Queen of Irony

The literary rebellion, known as realism, established itself in American writing as a direct response to the age of American romanticism’s sentimental and sensationalist prose. As the dominance of New England’s literary culture waned “a host of new writers appeared, among them Bret Harte, William Dean Howells, and Mark Twain, whose background and training, unlike those of the older generation they displaced, were middle-class and journalistic rather than genteel or academic” (McMichael 6). These authors moved from tales of local color fiction to realistic and truthful depictions of the complete panorama of American experience. They wrote about uniquely American subjects in a humorous and everyday
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She was sometimes referred to as a “Southern Gothic” writer because of her fascination with grotesque incidents and odd complex characters. This use of grotesque humor and the rural southern dialect of her characters were common elements in her short stories. These dark comedies “often [forced] readers to confront physical deformity, spiritual depravity, and the violence they often engender” (Abcarian et al. 1411). “She began writing while a student at Georgia State College for Women in her hometown and in 1947 earned an M.F.A. degree from the University of Iowa” (Abcarian et al. 1411). The author was born March 25, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia and died August 3, 1964 in Milledgeville, Georgia of kidney failure, a complication of disseminated lupus erytyematosus, an incurable blood disease she had been diagnosed with. Two years before the publication of her first novel, when she discovered she was suffering from the blood disease, she moved, with her mother, back to the family home in Milledgeville. Just as the poet Emily Dickinson could write an accurate and intuitive presentation of the society she lived in from the seclusion of her upstairs bedroom, Flannery O’Connor, handicapped by her debility-forced sabbatical to her Milledgeville family home and bound by the theological constrictions of her deep religious faith was able to

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