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Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor$
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Alison Arant and Jordan Cofer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831798

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831798.001.0001

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Feather Method: Rereading O’Connor in the Age of the Object

Feather Method: Rereading O’Connor in the Age of the Object

(p.19) Feather Method: Rereading O’Connor in the Age of the Object
Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor

Gina Caison

University Press of Mississippi

Gina Caison coins “feather method,” an object-oriented ontology that considers the feather itself as a lens for reading several of O’Connor’s stories. Rather than seeing the peacock feather as a metaphor for the author’s work or as a religious symbol, as many readers have, Caison takes the feather as a meaning-making object in its own right and uses its characteristics to reconsider O’Connor. Caison argues that O’Connor’s writing both upholds and challenges an object-oriented ontology that rejects status hierarchy. Thus, her essay uses O’Connor’s work to further theorize object-oriented ontology.

Keywords:   Feather method, Object-oriented ontology, Peacock

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