Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Revelation’ Topic for the next discussion in the WT Great Books series – The PRAIRIE
Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]
CANYON, Texas — The work of an iconic Southern author will be honored during the April installment of West Texas A&M University’s Great Books series.
Chris Hudson, assistant professor of English at Amarillo College, will lead the discussion on Flannery O’Connor’s “revelation” at 7 p.m. on April 12 via Zoom.
“I’ve taught O’Connor before and talked to him mostly from a gender perspective,” Hudson said. “Now the question for O’Connor, as it is with Faulkner and other Southern writers, is the question of their racist views. Two years ago, The New Yorker published an essay titled “How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?” who has dug into a number of recent articles exploring his racism. ‘Revelation’ is one of the stories mentioned in this article. It’s also the story of a racist woman who receives her moment of grace when a human development textbook thrown by a student hits her in the head. I’m going to want to think about that dynamic with the band.
The discussion series – sponsored by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages - is open to those who have or have not read the book, said Dr Daniel Bloom, organizer of Great Books and associate professor of philosophy.
WT professors and guest lecturers lead the monthly discussions.
The series began in 2011 and is traditionally held in person on the second Tuesday of the month at Burrowing Owl Books, 7406 SW 34th Ave., Suite 2B, in Amarillo. He switched to Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic; a return to in-person meetings is expected to take place in the coming months.
To sign up for the April discussion, email Bloom at [email protected].
The series is a means by which WT serves the region by providing engagement with a variety of literary and philosophical texts. Being a learner-centred university is a key principle of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From begging to the world.
This plan is fueled by the historic amount of $125 million one west huge fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which launched publicly on September 23 — has raised around $108 million.
About West Texas A&M University
WT is located in Canyon, Texas on a 342-acre residential campus. Founded in 1910, the university has been part of the Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, an institution serving Hispanics since 2016, has approximately 10,000 enrollment and offers 59 undergraduate, 39 master’s, and two doctoral programs. The university is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and one of the finest art collections in the Southwest. The Buffaloes are members of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offer 14 men’s and women’s athletic programs.