Mystery of Place
"The longer you look at an object, the more of the world you see in it; and it’s well to remember that the serious fiction writer always writes about the whole world, no matter how limited his particular scene. For him, the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima affects life on the Oconee River, and there’s not anything he can do about it."
-Flannery O'Connor Mystery and Manners
This international conference, located in Flannery O’Connor’s ancestral homeland and scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her untimely death, welcomes an array of interdisciplinary paper proposals designed to illuminate and deepen our understanding and appreciation of O’Connor’s fiction, prose and correspondence.
The conference opens with a reception Thursday evening, and plenary speakers and breakout panels both Friday and Saturday during the day.
Friday evening will offer an optional excursion to enjoy dinner and traditional Irish entertainment at a greater Dublin venue. This will take place at the celebrated pub “Johnnie Fox’s,” a 30 minute ride away from All Hallows, and located in the mountains surrounding Dublin. Johnnie Fox’s is famed as the “Highest Pub in Ireland.” More details on this opportunity will be forthcoming on this website. Space is limited at Johnnie Fox’s so conference participants will be invited to sign up as long as space is available.
The conference will close Saturday evening with a banquet, and a dramatic (and entertaining) reading by Brenda Bynum of Emory University of selections from the Flannery O’Connor—Betty Hester correspondence. Ms. Bynum has performed this particular reading at least twice at Emory University to celebrate the recent opening of the correspondence. On both occasion, Bynum performed to high acclaim before audiences of several hundred. The letters, by their very nature, are profoundly insightful and, at times, hilarious.