A Good Man is a Trickster to Find

Taylor Tye
2021 Inquiry@Queen's Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings  
In my presentation, I will demonstrate the contrast between the pioneer of the Southern Grotesque, Flannery O'Connor, and her famous story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" with Taylor's use of the gothic in his YA novel. O'Connor adapted her version of the gothic from her predecessors such as Shelley and Poe. But she veers away from the creation of a fantastical monster tradition of the Romantics to drive the focus of the "monstrous" to the very human but harmful behaviors of her characters.
more » ... ly, Taylor's narrative does away with the over-the-top fantasy of the Romantic tradition and instead chooses to set the narrative in a realistic space with relevant characters. The difference between O'Connor and Taylor is that in O'Connor's Southern Gothic the setting is the pinnacle of her story while Taylor's Indigeneity shines through with his humor, traditional storytelling, and orality in his narrative. Differences aside, it is clear that the motive of each text is a call for social reform in O'Connor's criticism of the social structure of the American South and in Taylor's criticism of colonization.
doi:10.24908/iqurcp.14667 fatcat:mga77kdqovcx5pvmboreszrw3m