Walker Percy on Alienation, Liberty, and the Modern World


This conference concentrated on Walker Percy's essays and his first novel The Moviegoer. Discussion focused on themes of alienation and the roles of science, religion, and pathologies of modernity, within the context of Percy's views of freedom in the human condition and the obstacles to freedom and individual flourishing.


Conference Readings

Percy, Walker. The Moviegoer. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

Percy, Walker. Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. New York: Picador, 1983.

Percy, Walker. The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other. New York: Picador, 2000.

Percy, Walker. Signposts in a Strange Land. New York: Picador, 1991.