Dr. Farrell O’Gorman

Chair, Professor of English 


  • B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • CC 351: Studies in Christianity & Culture: Ireland (May intensive study abroad)
  • CC 350: Topics in Christianity & Culture: Ireland
  • EN 430W: Senior Thesis
  • EN 400: Special Topics: Christianity and Contemporary American Literature
  • EN 400: Special Topics: Flannery O’Connor and Her Legacy
  • EN 415: Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • EN 340: American Literature
  • HO 271: Honors American Literature
  • EN 211: Literary Classics of the Western Tradition I
  • EN 212: Literary Classics of the Western Tradition II
  • EN 203: Introduction to American Literature
  • RH101: Rhetoric I
  • RH 102: Rhetoric II
  • Monographs:
    Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination. University of Notre Dame Press (2017), 326 pp.
  • Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction. Louisiana State University Press (2004), 259 pp. Reissued in paperback Fall 2007.
  • Scholarly Articles:
    “‘O’Connor and the Rhetoric of Eugenics: Misfits, the ‘Unfit,’ and Us.” A Political Companion to Flannery O’Connor, ed. Henry Edmondson, UP of Kentucky (2017): 199-221.
  • “Re-writing American Borders: Religion, the South, and New World Gothic Narratives.” Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South, ed. Jason Phillips, Louisiana State UP (2013): 43-69.
  • “Confessing the Horrors of Radical Individualism in Lancelot: Percy, Dostoevsky, Poe.” A Political Companion to Walker Percy, ed. Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian Smith, UP of Kentucky (2013): 119-144.
  • “Violence, Nature, and Prophecy in Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy.”
    Flannery O’Connor in the Age of Terrorism, ed. Robert Donahoo and Avis Hewitt, U Tennessee P (2010): 143-168.
  • “Tobias Wolff’s Back in the World: American Dreamers, American Desert, Saving Word.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 48:1 (Fall 2006): 71-89.
  • “White, Black, and Brown: Reading O’Connor After Richard Rodriguez.” Flannery O’Connor Review 4 (Special Feature: Flannery O’Connor & the Religious Dimension in Latino/a Fiction) (2006): 32-49.
  • “Joyce and Contesting Priesthoods in Suttree and Blood Meridian.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 4 (Winter 2005): 123-144. Reprint in You Would Not Believe What Watches: Suttree and Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville, ed. Rick Wallach. Cormac McCarthy Society (2012): 87-96.
  • “The Fugitive-Agrarians and the Twentieth-Century Southern Canon.” A Companion to The Regional Literatures of America, ed. Charles L. Crow, Blackwell (2003): 286-305.
  • “Languages of Mystery: Walker Percy’s Legacy in Contemporary Southern Fiction.” Southern Literary Journal 34:2 (Spring 2002): 97-119.
  • “The Angelic Artist in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy.” Renascence 53.3 (Fall 2000): 61-79.
  • “Walker Percy, the Catholic Church, and Southern Race Relations, ca. 1947-1970.” Mississippi
    Quarterly 53.1 (Winter 1999-2000): 67-88.
  • “Irish Stage Identities in Friel’s Translations & Stoppard’s Travesties: Defenders of the Word in an Age of Linguistic Impoverishment.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 24.2 (Dec. 1998): 1-13.
  • “The Things They Carried as Composite Novel.” War, Literature, & the Arts 10.2 (Fall-Winter 1998): 289-309. Reprint in Short Story Criticism 74, ed. Joseph Palmisano, Gale Group (2004).
    Reprint in The Things They Carried, ed. Harold Bloom, Modern Critical Interpretations Series, Chelsea House (2011).
  • Referee, Johns Hopkins University Press; Louisiana State University Press; Southern Literary Journal; Flannery O’Connor Review; Mississippi Quarterly; Renascence (2004-present).
  • Organizing Committee, “Flannery O’Connor and the Mystery of Place.” International conference, All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland, July 2014. Individually arranged and chaired panel of faculty from Trinity College, Dublin, on topic of “O’Connor as Seen From Ireland.”
  • Dissertation Reader, “Not Peace But the Sword: Violence and Contemporary American Catholic Literature,” Loyola University of Chicago (author Michael O’Connell; director Mark Bosco, S.J.). March 2013.
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Faculty Research Symposium, DePaul University. Presentation, “Catholicism and American Borders in Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer.” November 2011.
  • Facilitator, Chicago American Religion Seminar. Discussion leader January 2010.
  • Guest speaker, “Writing Awaiting Orders,” Loyola 101 seminar (Professor Mark Bosco, S.J.). Loyola University Chicago, November 2007, November 2008, April 2010.
  • Panel organizer: “Walker Percy’s Catholic Imagination: New Perspectives.” Walker Percy Society panel, American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2008.
  • Public reading from Awaiting Orders, Milledgeville, GA, July 2007.
  • Public reading from Awaiting Orders, Mississippi State University Barnes & Noble campus bookstore, Starkville, MS, April 2007.
  • Grant Award Reviewer (American Literature Panel), NEH, Washington, DC, Summer 2006.
  • Sarah Gordon Award Committee, Flannery O’Connor Review, 2006.
  • Panel organizer & chair: “Healing Labors, Healing Arts: Literature & Medicine in the South.” SSSL, Birmingham, AL, April 2006.
  • Panel organizer and chair: “Flannery O’Connor: International Perspectives.” New England Modern Language Association regional conference, Toronto, April 2002.