Why Flannery O’Connor Never Liked Yankees | Abbeville Institute

“… re-calling “us to know but forgotten truths, to the necessity of our casting backward in our thought to some point where thought went astray.” In O’Connor’s analysis, that point is the Enlightenment, which established the epistemological foundations (shifty though they be) of modern and Yankee Provincialism. Corruptions and restrictions of vision, knowledge, and understanding, once primarily a Northern affliction, now darken the light all over the land. The assumptions, doctrines, and methods of the Yankee Provincial are taught in our schools, universities, and seminaries and are illustrated in radio, television, and the daily and periodical press. No matter where O’Connor encountered this modern devil, whether in Hollywood, New York City, Sweet Briar College, or Atlanta, she was quick to name him so that he might be exorcised. A thoughtful reading of her essays and letters, not to mention her fiction, will do much to remove the blinders of Yankee Provincialism from our eyes.”



Author: Lisa the Infidel

I am an #Infidel - born and bred North Carolina.

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