Fun with Flannery: Reading for Mystery & Manners

with Karen Swallow Prior


Karen Swallow Prior

karen-swallow-priorKaren Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is an award-winning Professor of English at Liberty University. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012) and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014). Prior’s writing appears at Christianity Today, Think Christian, The Atlantic, Books and Culture and other places. She is a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Distinguished Senior Fellow with Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She and her husband live in rural Virginia with sundry dogs, horses, and chickens.

Fun with Flannery: Reading for Mystery & Manners

This workshop will center on the reading of Flannery O’Connor, both her short stories and her non-fiction collection Mystery and Manners. As we read and discuss these works together (along with a few works by other authors thrown into the mix), we will experience O’Connor’s sacramental approach to literature and discover how the world of the physical and concrete (the manners) reveals the world of the spiritual and transcendent (the mystery).

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