Flannery O’Connor and the Grace of Fiction

In her short life, Flannery O’Connor wrote two incredible novels, over thirty short stories, and several reviews and essays. Her prose, wit, and fascination with unlikeable and even grotesque characters have earned her many admirers. She said her primary subject was “grace.” A lifelong Catholic, she studied theology, wrote on religious debates, and composed an extraordinary prayer journal, only recently published. This seminar will consider O’Connor’s life and fiction in the context of spiritual themes, investigating the connection between literature and the practice of faith, and the value of physical and emotional pain. Subjects like race and whiteness, disability and human dignity, and sexuality will surely come up in our conversations as well. Readings will include short selections from her novels, short stories, and journals.

Dates: Tuesdays on 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Reading schedule:


Location: 2134 Allston Way

**This seminar is free and open to all UC Berkeley, GTU, and St. Mary’s students**


Katie Peterson Associate Professor English at UC Davis 

Kellen Troxell M.A. student at DSPT