Baylor Professor to Analyze Flannery OConnors Self-Portrait in UD Lecture
The English, History, Politics and Theology Departments will sponsor an interdisciplinary
lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, given by Baylor University Professor of Theology
and Literature Ralph Wood, Ph.D., and titled "Flannery O'Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky,
and Christ Pantocrator."
Wood, a scholar of G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and others of the 20th
century Christian Renaissance tradition, is the author of seven books, including "Flannery
O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South," "Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God"
and "The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists
(Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike and Peter De Vries)," as well as a number
of research articles. He has taught at Baylor since 1998, before which he served on
the faculty of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., for 26 years.
Wood's Nov. 6 lecture at UD will examine Flannery O'Connor's self-portrait, in which
she figures herself by way of the most revered of the Byzantine icons, the sixth century
Christ Pantocrator. Through analysis of these and other images, Wood will lead his
audience to a discernment of O'Connor's deep indebtedness to Dostoevsky, especially
in her story "Parker's Back," in which she simultaneously dramatizes both the demonic
horror of living a discarnate life and the blessed cost of being made an icon of Christ.
The lecture will be held in the Art History Auditorium. All are welcome.