'Between the house and the chicken yard' : the masks of Mary Flannery O'Connor /

dc.contributor.author Sharp, Jolly en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-20T17:50:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-20T17:50:41Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.description Adviser: Will Brantley. en_US
dc.description.abstract Mary Flannery O'Connor's personal idiosyncrasies and literary talents enabled her to don multiple masks that both concealed and revealed segments of herself as she desired. While O'Connor's personal and social masks were shaped by her Southern and Catholic roots, her vivid imagination and artistry fashioned her literary masks, allowing her to explore life's grotesqueness. Many of O'Connor's literary characters shelter features of her own disposition and purpose. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study uncovers O'Connor's personal and social masks and then explores her self-identification with six characters: Enoch Emery, Nelson Head, Joy/Hulga Hopewell, Hazel Motes, Old Tarwater, and Rufus Johnson. It considers the manner by which O'Connor distorted traditional Southern myths to formulate her own sense of the Southern grotesque. It analyzes O'Connor's self-definition through her mentoring of other writers and concludes by highlighting the maturation of O'Connor's masks from her first published story to its final reworking late in the author's life. en_US
dc.description.abstract O'Connor's masks emerge as metaphorical embodiments of her veiled autobiography. This study underscores the ways in which they illuminate O'Connor's regional critiques, her reactions to family, friends, and acquaintances, her insights into her own writing, and her successes and growth as an artist. en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4088
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh O'Connor, Flannery Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh O'Connor, Flannery Characters en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Self in literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Autobiography in literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Grotesque in literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, American en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Biography en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, Modern en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title 'Between the house and the chicken yard' : the masks of Mary Flannery O'Connor / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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