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

Abstract

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.

Published
2021-11-09
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 https://politicalsciencereviewer.wisc.edu/index.php/psr/article/view/717