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UC’s Sharp Addresses O’Connor Scholars


Milledgeville, GA. - Dr. Jolly K Sharp, Professor of English at University of the Cumberlands, addressed a gathering of Flannery O’Connor scholars at A Celebration of the Legacy of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA, O’Connor’s hometown.

Sharp’s topic was “Flannery and Hulga: Masked Disposition,” an investigation of O’Connor’s use of characters to hide and often to illustrate personal concerns through her writing.

This presentation was one of several such investigations presented by Sharp over the past few years. All are an outgrowth of her dissertation on O’Connor as part of her PhD in English at Middle Tennessee State University and serve as foundations for her upcoming book “Between the House and the Chicken Yard”: The Masks of Flannery O’Connor to be published by Mercer University Press.

Sharp is in her twentieth year as a member of the University of the Cumberlands faculty and teaches survey courses and specialty courses in Southern Literature, O’Connor, and John Milton. Sharp is a native of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and earned her BA in English at Cumberland College, MA at Wright State University, and PhD at Middle Tennessee State University.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.