The Southern writer Flannery O’Connor wrote: “While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God.”
On Thursday, April 13th, at 6:30pm, at the Wren Chapel, on the campus of William and Mary, the Cambridge House at the College of William and Mary will sponsor its first public lecture, a talk given by Dr. Christina Bieber Lake, professor of English, at Wheaton College entitled “Ghosts Can Be Fierce and Instructive: Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.”
Flannery O’Connor is widely regarded as one of America’s greatest fiction writers of the 20th century. O’Connor, who died at age 39 after a long, debilitating battle with lupus, was not simply a master of her literary craft, she was a devout Roman Catholic, living in the predominantly Protestant Deep South, in Georgia. For you diehard Protestants, do not let Flannery O’Connor’s confessional loyalty dissuade you. O’Connor wrote dark yet funny stories about Southerners, where she was able to communicate a subtle Christian theological vision of what it means to be human, in a way that still fascinates secular critics decades later. Her short-stories, such as the 1955 gothic tale “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” have become classics of American literature.
Dr. Lake specializes in the area of Flannery O’Connor scholarship. A brief reception at the Wren Chapel will follow her lecture. All members of the William and Mary community, students, faculty, staff, and friends and neighbors of the College are welcome to attend, to find out what the work of the Cambridge House is all about.
Bishop Robert Barron offers a brief video introducing people to Flannery O’Connor. Remember, the lecture is the Thursday after (Western) Easter. In the meantime, have a great Holy Week, and take some time this week to recall the momentous events in the last week of Jesus before his Crucifixion.
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