Ideas for Group Discussions
Burkholder, Robert E. “The Uses of Myth in Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini.” Critique 21, no. 1 (1979): 31-37. This analysis of The Great Santini discusses the ways in which Conroy’s treatment of the father/son relationship fits into the traditional Oedipal construct. Also examines the various mythologies that drive the characters and the resulting effects on their actions.
Burns, Landon C. Pat Conroy: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. One of the few book-length studies of Conroy’s work. Particularly useful in its examination of The Great Santini and another Conroy novel, The Prince of Tides....
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