Flannery O'Connor: Poetics/Politics October 10-12, Vancouver, WA
Flannery O'Connor lived and wrote during one of the turbulent periods of American history. A child of the Great Depression and its aftermath, she began her professional writing career in the political shadow of the WWII, McCarthyism, and the Korean War. Her college days also ran parallel to the birth and rise of New Criticism championed by many of her fellow Southerners she got to know well. The Flannery O'Connor session at the Rocky Mountain MLA 2013 annual convention focuses on how literally and metaphorically she negotiates her poetics and politics, bringing together her conflicting views on literary theory, social practice, and political convictions. Papers may address her fiction or her letters or her essays.