Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted Biography

Shockingly, in Brad Gooch’s new Flannery O’Connor biography, the phrase “Christ-haunted South” doesn’t even make a single appearance. In retrospect, I think this may be to Gooch’s credit, and here’s why: the field of publishing about Flannery O’Connor has been so dominated by devout Catholics and evangelical Protestants that readers who share neither persuasion have become frustrated with the religious emphasis in O’Connor scholarship. (It was eye-opening to me when a grad school professor expres … [Read more...]