Witnessing to the Self

“I think that if there is any value in hearing writers talk, it will be in what they can witness to and not what they can theorize about…. These are not times when writers in this country can very well speak for one another. In the twenties there were those at Vanderbilt University who felt enough kinship with each other’s ideas to issue a pamphlet called, I’ll Take My Stand, (sic) and in the thirties there were writers whose social consciousness set them all going in more or less the same direction; but today there are no good writers, bound even loosely together, who would be so bold as to say that they speak for a generation or for each other. Today each writer speaks for himself, even though he may not be sure that his work is important enough to justify his doing so.”

O’Connor, Flannery. “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction.”


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