Irish-American Catholic Novels: O’Connor’s “Wise Blood” & Kennedy’s “Ironweed”

$150.00

The electrifying Irish-American Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor used the Southern Gothic literary style to shock the reader into seeing Grace at work in the world in her landmark novel, Wise Blood (1952). William Kennedy asks similar questions of Grace and redemption in a broken world in his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Ironweed (1983) set in Albany, New York.

 Course texts: any edition of Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor and Ironweed by William Kennedy.

6 Zoom Sessions: Mondays. 8:00 – 9:15 pm. February 5 – March 11.
Class Fee: $150
Instructors:  Matt Doyle (mjfdoyle@gmail.com) and Patrick O’Donnell (education@celticjunction.org)

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Two Extraordinary Irish-American Catholic novels: Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor and Ironweed by William Kennedy

The electrifying Irish-American Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor used the Southern Gothic literary style to shock the reader into seeing Grace at work in the world in her landmark novel, Wise Blood (1952).  Her characters were her neighbors and friends from her native Georgia.  While the settings were provincial, the themes were universal.  Her characters were confronted with the chance for redemption. Equally, William Kennedy asks similar questions of Grace and redemption in a broken world in his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Ironweed (1983) set in Albany, New York. Structured on the template of The Divine Comedy, its protagonist Frances Phelan, returns to his family home after wandering away following the killing of his infant son twenty-two years earlier.