Flannery O’Connor’s Gothic Art

Jing LI

Abstract



Flannery O’Connor’s works are enchanted with bloody violence, gloomy religion, typical southern settings together with groups of freakish, demonic people. It is generally hold that there are Gothic elements in her works. This article attempts to analyze her special Gothic art instead of Rural Gothic or Southern Gothic and generalizes O’Connor’s heritage and development of the Gothic tradition. O’Connor breaks away from the southern tradition and provokes the postmodern gothic as the means to reveal the alienation of modern people and society.
Key words: Flannery O’Connor, Gothic, violence, comedy, postmodernism
Résumé: Les oeuvres de Flannery O’Connor sont enchantées par la violence sanglante, la religion morne, le contexte typiquement méridional et des groupes de personnes démoniaques et bizarres. Il est généralement admis qu’il existe des éléments gothiques dans ses oeuvres. Cet esssai tente d’analyser son art gothique spécial au lieu de l’art gothique rural ou méridional, et généraliser l’héritage et le développement de O’Connor sur la tradition gothique. O’Connor brise la tradition méridionale et provoque le gothique postmoderne qui peut servir d’ outil de révéler l’aliénation de l’homme et la société modernes.
Mots-Clés: Flannery O’Connor, gothique, violence, comédie, postmodernisme

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720060202.011

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