Benjamin D. Carson earned his Ph.D. in 20th Century Ethnic American literature and Critical Theory from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA) in 2005. He is now an Assistant Professor of English at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA (USA), and teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including ethnic American literature, non-Western literature, and literature of the working class.
Only on an episode of “The Surreal Life” could I imagine taking tea with Flannery O’Connor. She wouldn’t like me, I’m sure. She, no doubt, had a sixth sense for what Richard Rorty calls “literary intellectuals,” those who believe, with Swinburne, that man is the master of all things, that “we humans have nothing to rely on save one another” (94-95).