James Joyce’s Modernism: The Rise of Uncertainty in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

This essay is the first of three on the effects of scientific and mathematical discoveries on the evolution of Modernist Literature. The works of James Joyce will be the focus of these essays. In an unchronological order, the first review will be of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) proceeding rather than following Dubliners (1914). AContinue reading “James Joyce’s Modernism: The Rise of Uncertainty in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Reading Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s Andalusian Hours, Poems from the Porch

  The screen door screeches, a brass section tuning, the rockers form in an oblique brass section awaiting an audience for the symphony of Flannery’s world played to Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s lyrics and music.   I can think of no other case where a poet reflects the soul of another as you’ll find in this collectionContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Reading Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s Andalusian Hours, Poems from the Porch”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: On Andalusia’s Hallowed Ground, 29 September 2021

Up the gravel road and to the right, a white house mushrooms on high ground. The main building is unmistakable to anyone who has seen the Kodak of Flannery navigating on aluminum “sticks” down the brick stairs to admire that single peacock. Marked by a sign leaning against an oak tree, the house looks deceptivelyContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: On Andalusia’s Hallowed Ground, 29 September 2021″

A Millgrimage to Milledgeville: A Groundbreaking at Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, September 29, 2021

Among the invitations extended to Cathy and me when we visited Milledgeville was an opportunity to attend the groundbreaking for the Andalusia Interpretative Center. The Center would be planted on the farm where Flannery O’Connor lived, wrote, and raised fowl from 1951 until “the red wolf” of Lupus took her in 1964. We were pleased toContinue reading “A Millgrimage to Milledgeville: A Groundbreaking at Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, September 29, 2021”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Special Collections- September 28, 2021

The second floor of the Ina Dillard Russell Library is a lively place. Classgoers speak aloud to a zooming diaspora. Study groups hawk their ideas in voices that drift up and out over the academic bazaar. Enthusiasm bests collegiality here. The lone scholar is a peculiar sight. She may cover herself with a whiteboard ofContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Special Collections- September 28, 2021″

James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation

James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during October Activity on the website was greater than usual during the month. Four new posts were created for readers of Flannery O’Connor. This resulted in the increase of  US usage. Four new posts are planned for November three of these will relate to the canon of JamesContinue reading “James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation”

(D) about “Ivy Day in the Committee Room”- October 6, the Anniversary of Parnell’s Death

Edwardian Dublin was an occupied city under imposed and foreign institutions. Eight hundred years previously, Stirruped Strongbow took the Dark City. Beyond the Pale, Norman strongholds pockmarked the fortifiable positions. Eventually, most Normans succumbed to Ireland’s charm, but one result was the dilution of old Irish ways. The new masters denuded forests. Farms turned toContinue reading “(D) about “Ivy Day in the Committee Room”- October 6, the Anniversary of Parnell’s Death”

What You Read on the JJRC Last Month

  Materials about Flannery O’Connor continued to gain interest among US readers. Two new essays will be posted during November concluding the series on our visit to Milledgeville, GA. Also in November, updates will be made to the existing content of Giacomo Joyce, Cantos I and II.and the format redesign will be completed. A newContinue reading “What You Read on the JJRC Last Month”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: A Classroom of Flannery with Dr. Marshall Bruce Gentry at GCSU

One most pleasant surprise of our visit to Andalusia and Flannery’s alma mater in Milledgeville was the invitation to sit with Bruce Gentry’s scholars on September 27.  We first encountered Dr. Gentry digitally during the International Flannery O’Connor Conference in early August (2021). Bruce, who edits and writes for the Flannery O’Connor Review, had the conference Zoomers halting their walking-in-place andContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: A Classroom of Flannery with Dr. Marshall Bruce Gentry at GCSU”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Planning and Provisioning the Trip

One delight found when exploring Mary Flannery O’Connor’s life and craft is the discovery of her generosity toward correspondents— researchers, instructors, or unwashed readers like me. This quality conjoined with her persistent bravery and laugh-out-loud, squint-eyed humor sustains fascination even beyond the hammered genius of her storytelling. The people found in Milledgeville, those who surroundContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Planning and Provisioning the Trip”