Cool course offered in Spring 2016 at VIU.
ENGL 273: Ancients and Moderns: HOWARD O’HAGAN, FLANNERY O’CONNOR, AND THE KING JAMES BIBLE
Professor Richard Arnold
Of the many versions of the Hebrew/Christian Bible, the King James (1611) is arguably the most venerable, literary, and influential. Its epic dramas and sonorous cadences have touched writers from Shakespeare to Margaret Laurence.
This course will examine the influence of the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) on two fiction writers: Howard O’Hagan from Western Canada and Flannery O’Connor from Southern U.S. Focussing on the novel TAY JOHN by O’Hagan and THE COMPLETE STORIES by O’Connor, we will note how these 20th-century authors are imbued with the ancient myths and theology of the Bible, and how they parody the well-known stories in order to reflect the contemporary milieux they lived and worked in.
A third primary text, READING THE BIBLE by Robert D. Lane, will offer additional critical perspective.