Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Comparing the Works of Clarence Jordan and Flannery O'Connor
by Wynn, Josiah N., M.A., Southeast Missouri State University, 2019, 85; 13814913
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis compares and contrasts the writings of Clarence Jordan and Flannery O'Connor, two twentieth century public figures from the state of Georgia who were contemporaries of each other, and who wrote from a religious perspective. This thesis will use a historical-biographical approach to examine the many similarities in their critiques of the culture of the American South, especially their shared criticism of racial segregation, while also highlighting differences in their respective approaches. In examining these differences of approach, this thesis will pay special attention to the differences in their theology (Jordan being a Baptist, O'Connor a Catholic) and in their public roles (Jordan being primarily an activist, O'Connor a literary artist). Finally, this thesis will use close readings of the two author's published texts to make a broad, general argument about the state of the religious culture of the American South of their time, as well as the nature of Jordan's and O'Connor's own dissent from that prevailing consensus. Namely, the case will be made that their own emphasis on two different, but equally robust interpretations of Christian eschatology and teleology led them both into conflict with the prevailing culture's emphasis on a more rigid adherence to established social and cultural norms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rieger, Christopher
Commitee: Gentry, Bruce W., Pflueger, Pennie, Rieger, Christopher
School: Southeast Missouri State University
Department: College of Liberal Arts
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Religion, American literature
Keywords: American South, Jordan, Clarence, O'Connor, Flannery, Race, Religion
Publication Number: 13814913
ISBN: 978-1-392-27724-9
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