Teaching Flannery O’Connor in a Filipino Setting

By Jose Marcelino Nicdao.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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The fiction of Flannery O'Connor is recognized as some of the best fiction in the world. One would expect that learners sharing the same Catholic beliefs would easily understand her works. The study explores a semester class of mainly Catholic Filipinos studying her short stories and a novel, classroom observation and weekly journals provide feedback on how well the text is received by those with similar beliefs as the author. Results show that despite understanding Catholic beliefs, learners fail to get deeper into her stories. The most probable cause is due to a lack of reading skills of the learners. Thus, her stories run much deeper and broader, not requiring a background of Catholic belief. Other studies can conduct a more systematic evaluation of the effect of learner background in learning.

Keywords: Flannery O'Connor, Teaching Literature

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 320.006KB).

Dr. Jose Marcelino Nicdao

Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Literature Department, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Dr. Nicdao studied at the University of the Philippines where he majored in Comparative Literature. His dissertation is on translation studies, specifically literary translation of Chinese contemporary short stories from Taiwan into English. He teaches literature at the University of Asia & the Pacific.