Flannery O'connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Christ Pantocrator

Speaker(s): Ralph Wood
Date: Summer 2016
Length: 1h 33m
Product ID: RGDL4602W

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In Flannery O'Connor's remarkable self-portrait, she figures herself by way of the most revered of all the Byzantine icons, the 6th century Christ Pantocrator. By inspecting these two images (and others), we shall discern her deep indebtedness to Dostoevsky, especially in one of her last and finest stories, "Parker's Back." There she dramatizes at once the demonic horror of living a discarnate life, but also the blessed cost of being made an icon of Christ.

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Ralph C. Wood is University Professsor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. There he has taught award-winning courses that are devoted to the relation of Christian faith to imaginitive literature. He is the author of The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists., Contending for the Faith: The Church's Engagement with Culture, The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth and Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.

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