Environmental Aesthetics, Ethics, and the Land-Community: An Ecocritical Reading of Flannery O’Connor’s “A View of the Woods”

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/582993
Title:
Environmental Aesthetics, Ethics, and the Land-Community: An Ecocritical Reading of Flannery O’Connor’s “A View of the Woods”
Authors:
Atkins, Hunter
Abstract:
The human impact on the environment is more relevant than ever, but comparatively little attention is given to the way cultural media such as literature, film, and art have shaped our ideas about how we interact with the land and its inhabitants. Ecocriticism is literary theory that examines representations of the environment in order to better understand our attitudes toward the natural world. This presentation is an ecocritical analysis of the 1957 short story “A View of the Woods” by southern female author Flannery O’Connor. In “A View of the Woods,” O’Connor portrays a tension between the agrarian landscape and the changes brought about by economic progress and urbanization. Published in 1957, this story predates a great deal of American cultural media that would later address this same tension. O’Connor’s agrarian orientation gives her a uniquely advanced perspective for her time, and in this presentation, I examine the ways in which O’Connor’s narrative presages those later environmental theories and attitudes popularized by writers including Rachel Carson and Allen Carlson. In doing so, I argue that careful analysis of a literary narrative can help lead us to clearer understandings and articulations of our environmental values and attitudes. Begin Time: 07:35 End Time: 34:05
Affiliation:
Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Issue Date:
25-Sep-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/582993
Additional Links:
https://lecture.gru.edu/ess/echo/presentation/339f884c-3793-4e5b-adf1-5e72598853ec?ec=true
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en_US
Description:
Presentation given at the CURS Brown Bag Seminar Series on September 25, 2015
Series/Report no.:
Fall; 2015
Sponsors:
Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship; Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English and Foreign Languages
Appears in Collections:
CURS Brown Bag Presentations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorAtkins, Hunteren
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-30T20:45:15Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-30T20:45:15Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09-25en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/582993en
dc.descriptionPresentation given at the CURS Brown Bag Seminar Series on September 25, 2015en
dc.description.abstractThe human impact on the environment is more relevant than ever, but comparatively little attention is given to the way cultural media such as literature, film, and art have shaped our ideas about how we interact with the land and its inhabitants. Ecocriticism is literary theory that examines representations of the environment in order to better understand our attitudes toward the natural world. This presentation is an ecocritical analysis of the 1957 short story “A View of the Woods” by southern female author Flannery O’Connor. In “A View of the Woods,” O’Connor portrays a tension between the agrarian landscape and the changes brought about by economic progress and urbanization. Published in 1957, this story predates a great deal of American cultural media that would later address this same tension. O’Connor’s agrarian orientation gives her a uniquely advanced perspective for her time, and in this presentation, I examine the ways in which O’Connor’s narrative presages those later environmental theories and attitudes popularized by writers including Rachel Carson and Allen Carlson. In doing so, I argue that careful analysis of a literary narrative can help lead us to clearer understandings and articulations of our environmental values and attitudes. Begin Time: 07:35 End Time: 34:05en
dc.description.sponsorshipCenter for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship; Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English and Foreign Languagesen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFallen
dc.relation.ispartofseries2015en
dc.relation.urlhttps://lecture.gru.edu/ess/echo/presentation/339f884c-3793-4e5b-adf1-5e72598853ec?ec=trueen
dc.subjectCarson, Rachelen
dc.subjectCarlson, Allenen
dc.subjectEcocritical Analysisen
dc.titleEnvironmental Aesthetics, Ethics, and the Land-Community: An Ecocritical Reading of Flannery O’Connor’s “A View of the Woods”en_US
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentKatherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciencesen
dc.contributor.mentorArmstrong, Rhondaen
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