Giving the Devil His Due

Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Jessica Hooten Wilson
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , February
     2017.
     156 pages.
     $21.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781498291378.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Richard A. Rosengarten forthcoming.

Description

Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky shared a deep faith in Christ, which compelled them to tell stories that force readers to choose between eternal life and demonic possession. Their either-or extremism has not become more popular in the last fifty to a hundred years since these stories were first published, but it has become more relevant to a twenty-first-century culture in which the lukewarm middle ground seems the most comfortable place to dwell. Giving the Devil His Due walks through all of O'Connor's stories and looks closely at Dostoevsky's magnum opus The Brothers Karamazov to show that when the devil rules, all hell breaks loose. Instead of this kingdom of violence, O'Connor and Dostoevsky propose a kingdom of love, one that is only possible when the Lord again is king.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jessica Hooten Wilson is associate professor of literature and creative writing at John Brown University, where she directs the Giving Voice Writers Festival and is associate director of the Honors Scholars Program.

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