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Read or listen to this interview at the Biola University Center for Christian Thought website.


“This is where O’Connor scandalizes people. God redeems the moment, so violence doesn’t become nihilism the way it would maybe in a Tarantino film. In her world, God is there.” Flannery O’Connor is an American novelist, essayist, and short-story writer known for her sardonic Southern Gothic style with grotesque characters and violent scenes. Our guest today, Jessica Hooten Wilson, is a Flannery O’Connor expert and is currently preparing O’Connor’s unfinished novel Why Do the Heathen Rage? for publication. Dr. Hooten Wilson shares her intimate knowledge of O’Connor, her writing, and the Gospel message that emerges from the pages of her dark and twisted stories.

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