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04-08-2010


UC students celebrate Flannery O’Connor’s birthday

 


University of the Cumberlands students in Dr. Jolly Sharp's literature class celebrate Flannery O'Connor's birthday on March 25.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – On March 25, University of the Cumberlands students in Dr. Jolly Sharp’s literature class, Studies in American and British Authors: Flannery O’Connor, celebrated O’Connor’s eighty-fifth birthday with cake and reading from O’Connor’s works.

O’Connor, of Milledgeville, Ga., is considered one of the masters of the American short story. The national celebration of her birth was organized by the Flannery O’Connor Society as a follow-up for her “Collected Stories” being voted “The Best of the National Book Awards Fiction from 1950-2008.”

Dr. Sharp, UC associate professor of English, has devoted herself to the study of O’Connor and her works. “I am pleased to be able to share my enthusiasm for this particularly gifted writer so central to modern American and Southern literature. From their [students] experience in studying O’Connor, they will go away with ideas which can lead to further research in her works and even in comparative research on her influence on more contemporary writers,” said Sharp.

The UC Studies in English and American Authors course is open to anyone and focuses on a different author each semester. According to Dr. Tom Frazier, chair of English and modern foreign languages, “This type of class allows us to offer our students, especially English majors, a wider experience than if we offered only close-ended authors courses. This, we are certain, will more fully develop student interests and better prepare them for further study in literature.”