Christine Flanagan is Professor of English at University of the Sciences and was the recipient of the 2017 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. Professor Flanagan is a faculty member in the University Honors Program, faculty advisor for The Elixir (the USciences’ literary journal), and coordinator of the Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities. In addition to developing interdisciplinary environmental humanities classes, travel-based coursework in the humanities, and a Minor in Creative Writing, Professor Flanagan’s teaching and scholarship reflects her varied interests and activities: writing fiction, nonfiction, and drama; scholarship on the short stories of Flannery O’Connor; and research on experiential learning and creativity.


MFA Creative Writing, Emerson College

BA English, University of Rochester


The Letters of Flannery O’Connor and Caroline Gordon, 1951-1964, University of Georgia Press. 2018.

“Eternal ‘Greenleaf’: Flannery O’Connor’s Environmental Imagination.”  Flannery O’Connor. (Critical Edition) eds. M. Bruce Gentry and  R. Donahoo (Modern Language Association). Forthcoming, 2019.

“Social Distortion: Displaced Landscapes and the Machines of Progress in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘The Displaced Person’ and ‘A View of the Woods’.” Flannery O’Connor Review (Fall, 2017 Special issue: Technology & O’Connor, ed. Doug Davis).

“From Earth to Eternity: Ecocritical Approaches to ‘Greenleaf’ and  ‘A View of the Woods’.” Critical Insights: Flannery O’Connor (Salem Press, 2016) ed. Robert Evans.

“The Superfund Gothic: Susanne Antonetta’s Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir.” New Directions in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism ed. Andrea Campbell (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    March 2019: “On Flannery and Caroline: The Paratextual Influence of Caroline Gordon” at the 2019 Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference, Portland, Oregon.

    24 June 2017: “From Contemplation to Craft: The Interior Castles of St. Teresa of Avila, Caroline Gordon, and Flannery O’Connor.” Paper presented at Andalusia in Andalucía: An International Conference on Flannery O’Connor. Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville, Spain.

    24 May 2017: “On Agility.” Lindback Foundation Award Speech, Commencement of University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. See introduction and speech starting at 2:22:40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EY_JfClhQM                                      

    6 April 2016: “Unearthing the Master Class: The Lost Correspondence of Caroline Gordon and Flannery O’Connor.” University of the Sciences Research Day.

    November 2015: “Negotiating the Private/Public Influence: Caroline Gordon and Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Master Class’” Paper presented at Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Triennial Conference, Philadelphia.

    September 2015: “Unearthing the ‘Master Class’ of Caroline Gordon and Flannery O’Connor: A Correspondence on Craft, or an (Unwitting) Ecofeminist Exchange?” Paper presented at Flannery O’Connor and Other Southern Women Writers Conference, Georgia College & State University.

    28 May 2015: “PARCC and Recreation: How Nature Writing is Revitalizing the Core Curriculum at University of the Sciences.” Paper presented at New Jersey Writing Alliance 2015 Conference, Georgian Court University.


    Flannery O’Connor Society

    Modern Language Association

    Association for Literature and the Environment

    Society for the Study of American Women Writers


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