Today the Brazos Fellows enjoyed a Saturday Seminar taught by Dr. Ralph Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor. Several times this year the fellows have had the pleasure of learning from Dr. Wood on a number of topics, including the devotional poetry of George Herbert, the spirituality of icons, and, today, the fiction of Flannery O’Connor.
I had the chance to sit down with Dr. Wood for a new blog feature: Five Questions in Ten Minutes. He was a great interviewee and I think you’ll very much enjoy hearing what he had to say:
Here are links to several items we talked about:
- For O’Connor’s perspective on sentimentality, see her essay, “The Church and the Fiction Writer,” available here.
- The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor, which includes Dr. Wood’s favorite, “The River.”
- Dr. Wood’s book on the topic, Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.
- Dare We Hope by Hans Urs von Balthasar
- Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
Finally, if you’d like to learn from Dr. Wood’s teaching, this summer he will be offering a class at Regent College titled “George Herbert: Country Priest, Radical Poet.” You can also find many of his classes and lectures on the Regent College Audio page here.