Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-344) and index.
Introduction: Mavericks of religion -- Gospels of war and peace. New Irish, old South: revolution and its discontents -- Old Irish, New South: a bridge to the moderns -- Habits of satire and insubordination. Staging Irishness -- Flannery O'Connor's dear old dirty southland -- Legacies of flight and return. Cormac McCarthy, an Irish southerner among the heresiarchs -- After Mary Flannery, more strange hatchlings -- Coda.