Four "Christ-Haunted" Writers Today

Susan Ketchin provides a lively, audience-interactive look at four contemporary “Christ-haunted” writers:  Lee Smith, Doris Betts, Alice Walker, and Charles Frazier*

The presentation opens with Flannery O'Connor's famous quote from Mystery and Manners:  "By and large, the South is not so much Christ-centered as it is Christ-haunted.  The southerner who isn't convinced of it is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God."  With a power-point presentation of photographic images and background music from the rural, small-town and emerging American South, Ketchin will discuss and read from the vivid and lively works of these authors, tell all about how they see themselves as “Christ-haunted” and why, and explore the question of whether contemporary southern writers, and the South they are writing about, are still “Christ-haunted” today, as O’Connor maintained a generation ago.  The answer, of course, is “yes,” in myriad and exciting ways as Ketchin will illustrate through image, music, discussion, and reflection.  A question and answer session will  wrap up a vivid and lively romp through southern culture today, its enduring myths and current realities.

*Please Note: The Presentation can consist of all four writers coming from Ketchin’s book The Christ-Haunted Landscape, or none, or a combination of some authors from the C-HL, and others not from the C-HL, as suggested above in the presentation’s title, depending on need, availability, or policy, etc.. (The twelve writers in the C-HL are:  Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus, Reynolds Price, Randall Kenan, Sandra Hollin Flowers, Doris Betts, Sheila Bosworth, Clyde Edgerton, Harry Crews, Larry Brown, and Mary Ward Brown).

 If NONE of the writers for this presentation should come from The Christ-Haunted Landscape , then the suggested line-up for this presentation would be Eudora Welty, Lewis Nordan, Charles Frazier, and Alice Walker.

lectern, microphone, digital projection system, display table, whiteboard