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Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor$
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Alison Arant and Jordan Cofer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831798

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831798.001.0001

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The “Failure of … Compassion”: Problematic Redemption and the Need for Praxis in “The Lame Shall Enter First” and “The Comforts of Home”

The “Failure of … Compassion”: Problematic Redemption and the Need for Praxis in “The Lame Shall Enter First” and “The Comforts of Home”

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(p.50) The “Failure of … Compassion”: Problematic Redemption and the Need for Praxis in “The Lame Shall Enter First” and “The Comforts of Home”
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Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor
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Alicia Matheny Beeson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496831798.003.0004

Using the framework of praxis, Alicia Beeson offers a new way to think about the misguided acts of charity in “The Lame Shall Enter First” and “The Comforts of Home.” Beeson defines praxis as the balance of action and reflection that informs disciplines like education and philosophy. She points out that for O’Connor’s religious and non-religious characters alike, charitable action without productive reflection often leads to tragic outcomes. Beeson pays particular attention to the power hierarchies that undergird acts of charity, and she shows that while overconfidence discourages critical reflection, self-examination of motives and consequences can be transformative.

Keywords:   Praxis, Charity, Action, Reflection and self-examination, Hierarchies

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