Flannery Fridays: Tentative Reading Schedule

January 24th, 2013 § 0 comments

Although due to a combination of things I ended up postponing my weekly Faulkner Fridays back in April 2012, I thought it might be a good idea to revive a weekly review series dedicated to another one of my favorite Southern writers, Flannery O’Connor.  Her work I think lends itself easier to a weekly review series, as her collected works have been published in a single Library of Congress edition, compared to the multiple omnibus volumes of Faulkner’s fictions (for those wanting more Faulkner reviews, I likely will resume reviewing at least the novels after I finish reviewing O’Connor’s fiction).  Below is a tentative schedule for reviews, largely following the Library of America edition, with only one alteration:

January:

25  “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

 

February:

Wise Blood

“The River”

15  “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”

22  “A Stroke of Good Fortune”

 

March:

“A Temple of the Holy Ghost”

“The Artificial Nigger”

15  “A Circle in the Fire”

22  “A Late Encounter with the Enemy”

29  “Good Country People”

 

April:

5  “The Displaced Person”

12  The Violent Bear It Away

19  “Everything That Rises Must Converge”

26  “Greenleaf”

 

May:

3  “A View of the Woods”

10  “The Enduring Chill”

17  “The Comforts of Home”

24  “The Lame Shall Enter First”

31  “Revelation”

 

June:

7  “Parker’s Back”

14  “Judgment Day”

21  “The Geranium”

28  “The Barber”

 

July:

5  “Wildcat”

12  “The Crop”

19  “The Turkey”

26  “The Train”

 

August:

2  “An Afternoon in the Woods”

9  “The Partridge Festival”

16  “Why do the Heathen Rage?”

 

The stories will be reviewed not just on the basis of O’Connor’s prose, but also in terms of certain themes and motifs that appear multiple times in her narratives.  Some, but not a great amount, of time will be devoted in some cases to issues raised in O’Connor’s non-fiction pieces and letters, which will be mentioned occasionally although not reviewed formally here.  Some of these issues include matters of fate, faith, and racism, with occasional references to other stories and the connections between them.  Hopefully this will be of interest to readers beyond those visiting this site solely to plagiarize the reviews (the Faulkner pieces from last year have been quite popular with high school and college students, it seems, considering the search terminology as well as the occasional link to where my posts, or rather the elements that some have lifted from my commentaries, have been fed into a plagiarism-detecting service).

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