Despite being widely discussed in the United Stated, Flannery O'Connor's (1925-1964) work is still little studied by the feminist criticism, since it is considered conservative and aligned to the dominant standards. This research, however, aims to prove how the carnival ad the grotesque articulate in Flannery O'Connor's work making it a space of subversion and cultural counter-production, by exhibiting extraordinary female bodies and behaviours and by questioning the socially established frontiers between masculine and feminine. In order to do that, the study is based on the works of Hugo (s/d), Kayser (2013) and Bakhtin (2013) about the grotesque, in addition to the works of Russo (2000) and Yaeger (2000) about the female grotesque and female authorship in the American South. Therefore, this work intends to deepen the studies about the female grotesque in O'Connor's works, analysing all of her fictional work (novels and short stories) by establishing a dialogue with recent works about the subject and attributing new meaning to the subversive potential of the author's work.
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