Jessica Hooten Wilson

About Jessica Hooten Wilson

Jessica Hooten Wilson is Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at John Brown University, where she also serves as the Associate Director for the Honors Scholars Program and the Director of Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts. She is the author of three books: Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky, Walker Percy, Dostoevsky and the Search for Influence, and A Guide to Walker Percy’s Novels (Coming 2018).

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

By |2021-04-29T15:49:49-05:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Aldous Huxley, Ayn Rand, Books, C.S. Lewis, Featured, George Orwell, Literature, Philosophy, Walker Percy|

In a culture in which algorithms control the content we consume—what movies to watch, what goods to buy, what news to listen to—the choice to read a book whose philosophy opposes our own and questions our sacred assumptions is nothing short of revolutionary. “I choose novels that let me turn my brain off,” a student [...]

10 Books You Need to Read Before Graduation

By |2021-05-14T10:58:05-05:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: Education, Graduation, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Literature|

To read is to become a seraphim, a polyglot, a beneficent hydra. We become more ourselves. We become better selves, better souls. We transcend being merely thinking machines or gluttonous beasts but transform into creative creatures who love, give, and are nourished by beauty… “If you don’t read good books, you will read bad ones,” [...]

Learning to Be “Dinosaurs”

By |2019-03-26T16:45:35-05:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Christianity, Conservatism, History, Literature|

A rare breed of humans knows the limits of its time and is less concerned with its immediate relevancy and more with what it leaves behind. If we are to cultivate a similar vision, we must learn to be such “dinosaurs”… Edward E. Ericson, Jr., was a dinosaur. When I call Ericson a dinosaur, I’m [...]

Everything That Rises: How Flannery O’Connor Can Heal Our Fractured Politics

By |2021-03-25T07:42:22-05:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, Flannery O'Connor, Politics|

Flannery O’Connor’s fiction teaches us the need for charity toward other points of view, our personal tendency toward blindness, and the benefit of stories to enhance our vision… In 2014, I spoke at the American Embassy in Prague at a symposium on the civil rights movement in America. I made the mistake of offering Flannery O’Connor’s story [...]

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