Article | Zenit.org: ‘Moved by Wonder’: Conference Showcases Flannery O’Connors Influence Across the Arts

Article | Zenit.org: ‘Moved by Wonder’: Conference Showcases Flannery O’Connors Influence Across the Arts

An article by Ann Scheible of Zenit.org, detailing the Moved By Wonder Conference and its accompanying art exhibition “Misfit”. Many thanks to Ms. Scheible for her article!

“This was the subject of a two-day symposium hosted by Rome’s John Cabot University to mark the 50th anniversary of O’Connor’s death. Titled “Moved by Wonder,” the two-day gathering included scholarly reflections of O’Connor’s work, as well as a showcasing of her influence over a wide range of artistic disciplines in the form of visual arts, theatre, music, and film. Over the past 50 years, men and women from across the artistic spectrum have found inspiration in the prolific writings of American novelist and short story writer, Flannery O’Connor.

The symposium opened on Friday with a dramatic reading of the short story “Parker’s Back,” one of O’Connor’s last works before succumbing to lupus at the age of 39. The story follows Parker, a man who has covered his body with tattoos, and his wife Sarah Ruth, a deeply God-fearing woman who is unimpressed by her husband’s collection of body art. One of the central motifs of the story is centered on a Byzantine-style icon of the face of Christ, which the protagonist has tattooed on his back. The image was inspired by a postcard of the Pantocrator from the Monastery of Dafni, Athens, which O’Connor had received from William Sessions.” (From the article).

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