Displaced Landscapes

6 tractor“The instinct to position O’Connor as a Fugitive afterthought does not add anything new to our understanding of her complicated and intentional artistic presentation of social issues. These stories [“The Displaced Person” and “A View of the Woods”] powerfully align O’Connor with 20th-century intellectual contemporaries who revolutionize our understanding of post-World War II technoculture: literary critic and ecocritical forefather Leo Marx, Harvard sociologist Talcott Parsons, and German philosopher Martin Heidegger. If we welcome a comparison of literary fiction to academic nonfiction, then we may see in O’Connor a proto-ecocritical vision, a mind equal to the scholars who explore the environmental challenges faced by her time, and ours.”

“Social Distortion: Displaced Landscapes and the Machines of Progress in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘The Displaced Person’ and ‘A View of the Woods’,” by Christine Flanagan. Flannery O’Connor Review, Volume 15 (August 2017). Special Feature: Science and Technology in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction (Doug Davis, Guest Editor)

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