Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism is a superb guide to the works of Flannery O'Connor; and like O'Connor's stories themselves, it is captivating, provocative, and unsettling. Edmondson organizes O'Connor's thought around her principal concern, that with the nihilistic claim that 'God is dead' the traditional signposts of good and evil have been lost. Edmondson's book demonstrates that the combination of O'Connor's artistic brilliance and philosophical genius provide the best response to the nihilistic despair of the modern world-a return to 'good and evil' through humility and grace.
Henry T. Edmondson III is professor in the Department of Government at Georgia College & State University.
Chapter 1 Faith, Philosophy, and Fiction Chapter 2 O'Connor contra Nihilism Chapter 3 Modern Man as Malgre Lui in Wise Blood Chapter 4 Wise Blood and the Difficult Return to God Chapter 5 "Good Country People" and the Seduction of Nihilism Chapter 6 The Nature of Evil in "The Lame Shall Enter First" Chapter 7 Social Change in "The Enduring Chill" Chapter 8 Modernity versus Mystery in "A View of the Woods" Chapter 9 Redemption and the Ennoblement of Suffering in "The Artificial Nigger" Chapter 10 Grace, the Devil, and the Prophet