Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Flannery's freak show: Physical difference in the fiction of Flannery O'Connor
by McConnell, Stephanie M., M.A., Villanova University, 2011, 78; 1491138
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the portrayal of physically atypical bodies in the fiction of Flannery O'Connor. In particular, characters from Wise Blood, “The Artificial Nigger,” and “Good Country People” represent a variety of physical anomalies. In these texts, the complex process of identification hinges on how the physically abnormal body is understood and presented. This project examines the ways in which O'Connor's work engages with perception and politics of the body that were exemplified by the convention of freak shows in America. When correlated with the historical phenomenon of the exhibition of extraordinary bodies, O'Connor's narratives take on new meanings and can be seen as telling depictions of a largely marginalized and historically mysterious group of people.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lutes, Jean
Commitee: Ormsby-Lennon, Hugh
School: Villanova University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature
Keywords: "Good Country People", "The Artificial Nigger", Freak show, O'Connor, Flannery, Physical difference, Wise Blood
Publication Number: 1491138
ISBN: 978-1-124-59147-6
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