As we mark the transition from Modernist literature to Post Modernist, we are taking the time to pay special attention to a unique ‘bubble’ of literature that sprung up in response to the changing culture of the 1950’s and 1960’s, and the stolid culture of the American South – The Southern Gothic.

As culture changed rapidly in America between the 1950’s and the 1960’s, the ‘South’ was a unique place where the struggle between the ‘old ways’ and the ‘new ways’ played out in startling clarity – both in real life and in our literature.

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The transition from ‘wholesome’ all-American family values, and traditional ideas about race, sex, gender and religion change dramatically during the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Within her stories, specifically ‘The Enduring Chill’, Flannery O’Connor examines these changes and how the South provide a unique background on which to analyze the drama, conflict, and irony that these changes wrought in American life.


For the full powerpoint/lecture notes over today’s introduction to The Southern Gothic and Flannery O’Connor, please click here.