Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 21 September 2021

Inscrutable Zoot Suiters and Civil Rights Ambivalence in Flannery O’Connor and Toni Morrison

Inscrutable Zoot Suiters and Civil Rights Ambivalence in Flannery O’Connor and Toni Morrison

Chapter:
(p.181) Inscrutable Zoot Suiters and Civil Rights Ambivalence in Flannery O’Connor and Toni Morrison
Source:
Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor
Author(s):

Alison Arant

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496831798.003.0012

Alison Arant uses the zoot suit—an outfit that is simultaneously conspicuous and difficult to interpret—as a way to put the fiction of Flannery O’Connor in conversation with that of Toni Morrison. In their fiction set in the 1940s and 50s, including one unpublished story by O’Connor, both authors create zoot suited figures who are not quite visible to those around them. Arant reads O’Connor’s and Morrison’s works in the context of the zoot suit riots of 1943 and argues that both writers use these inscrutable zoot suiters as a way of exploring the fears, promises, and limits of racial integration. Together these texts demonstrate the persistence of white ideology, which persists both in individual minds and in social systems that purport to be free of it.

Keywords:   Toni Morrison, Home (Novel), Zoot suit riots, “A Place of Action” (short story), White Ideology

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.