The Moral Imagination in Flannery O'Connor and Russell Kirk

  • Jerome Foss St. Vincent
Keywords: Russell Kirk, Flannery O'Connor, Literature and Politics, moral imagination


Flannery O’Connor and Russell Kirk are similar storytellers of the mid-twentieth century. They are comparable in many respects. Both, for instance, worry about Enlightenment ideas leading to brutal policies. They also share a conviction that stories can do more to awaken people to the dangers of abstract thinking than philosophic treatises. And though their stories share a theological orientation rooted in the Catholic faith, the stories themselves have important differences. Kirk’s stories are about ghosts and O’Connor shows how grace builds upon nature.

How to Cite
Foss, J. (2021). The Moral Imagination in Flannery O’Connor and Russell Kirk. The Political Science Reviewer, 45(2), 427-452. Retrieved from