3. Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
The American Novel Since 1945 (ENGL 291) Professor Amy Hungerford's first lecture on Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood addresses questions of faith and interpretation. She uses excerpts from O'Connor's copious correspondence to introduce the critical framework of O'Connor's Catholicism, but invites us to look beyond the question of redemption. What do characters see in this text, and what are they blind to? What do we see as readers, and how does methodology shape this vision? 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: The Catholicism of Flannery O'Connor 12:27 - Chapter 2. The Search for Home: Haze's Essex 24:53 - Chapter 3. The Depiction of Nothingness: The Landscapes of O'Connor 33:42 - Chapter 4. The Symbolism of Senses: Hazel Motes's Eyes and Ears 38:43 - Chapter 5. Fragmented Bodies: What We Miss When We Limit Our Interpretative Lens Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2008.