The Resource American gargoyles : Flannery O'Connor and the medieval grotesque, Anthony Di Renzo

American gargoyles : Flannery O'Connor and the medieval grotesque, Anthony Di Renzo

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American gargoyles : Flannery O'Connor and the medieval grotesque
Title
American gargoyles
Title remainder
Flannery O'Connor and the medieval grotesque
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Anthony Di Renzo
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Language
eng
Summary
Focusing on the comic genius of Flannery O'Connor, Anthony Di Renzo reveals a dimension of her work that has been overlooked by both her supporters and her detractors, most of whom have concentrated exclusively on her use of theology and parable. Di Renzo compares the bizarre comedy in O'Connor's stories and novels to that of medieval narrative, art, folklore, and drama. Noting an especial kinship between her characters and the grotesqueries that adorn the margins of illuminated manuscripts and the facades of European cathedrals, he argues that O'Connor's Gothicism brings her tales closer in spirit to the English mystery cycles and the leering gargoyles of medieval architecture than to the Gothic fiction of Poe and Hawthorne with which critics have so often linked her work. For Di Renzo the grotesqueness of O'Connor's strange comedy is not a limitation but an accomplishment, deeply rooted in medieval art and satire. O'Connor's peculiar world, he insists, must be accepted on its own terms without consideration of whether it is "ugly." Like the monstrosities carved on the walls at the monastery of Clairvaux, which St. Bernard describes in a famous letter, O'Connor's characters - her rednecks and misfits, her selfish matrons and berserk evangelists - are "deformis formosita ac formosa deformitas," beautifully hideous, hideously beautiful. Relying partly on Mikhail Bakhtin's analysis of Rabelais, Di Renzo examines the different forms of the grotesque in O'Connor's fiction and their parallels in medieval art, literature, and folklore. He begins by demonstrating that the figure of Christ is the ideal behind her satire - an ideal, however, that must be degraded as well as exalted if it is ever to be a living presence in the physical world. Di Renzo goes on to discuss O'Connor's unusual treatment of the human body and its relationship to medieval fabliaux. He depicts the interplay between the saintly and the demonic in her work, illustrating how for her good is just as grotesque as evil because it is still "something under construction." And finally he argues that apocalypse is the culmination of the grotesque in O'Connor's fiction; it is a renewal in destruction, a violent juxtaposition of death and rebirth. For Flannery O'Connor Judgment Day is a cosmic Mardi Gras
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DLC
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1960-
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Di Renzo, Anthony
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3565.C57
LC item number
Z646 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • O'Connor, Flannery
  • O'Connor, Flannery
  • O'Connor, Flannery
  • O'Connor, Flannery
  • Women and literature
  • Medievalism
  • American literature
  • Civilization, Medieval, in literature
  • Middle Ages in literature
  • Grotesque in literature
  • Gargoyles in literature
  • American literature
  • Civilization, Medieval, in literature
  • Gargoyles in literature
  • Grotesque in literature
  • Medievalism
  • Middle Ages in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Middeleeuwen
  • Het Groteske
  • Groteske (Kunst)
  • Geschichte 500-1500
  • Southern States
  • United States
Label
American gargoyles : Flannery O'Connor and the medieval grotesque, Anthony Di Renzo
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-239) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Abbreviations of O'Connor texts -- Gargoyles, grotesques, and marginalia : the hideously beautiful, beautifully hideous art of Flannery O'Connor -- Fun house calvaries: the grotesque as divine degradation -- This is my body : the word, the flesh, and the grotesque -- Grinning devils and ludicrous saints : the grotesque and the dialectic between satire and sanctity -- The last laugh and the liberty of December : the grotesque as carnival, danse macabre, and apocalypse
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780809318483
Lccn
92032128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26672182
  • (OCoLC)ocm26672182
Label
American gargoyles : Flannery O'Connor and the medieval grotesque, Anthony Di Renzo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-239) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Abbreviations of O'Connor texts -- Gargoyles, grotesques, and marginalia : the hideously beautiful, beautifully hideous art of Flannery O'Connor -- Fun house calvaries: the grotesque as divine degradation -- This is my body : the word, the flesh, and the grotesque -- Grinning devils and ludicrous saints : the grotesque and the dialectic between satire and sanctity -- The last laugh and the liberty of December : the grotesque as carnival, danse macabre, and apocalypse
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780809318483
Lccn
92032128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26672182
  • (OCoLC)ocm26672182

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