Flannery O Summer Reading Club

Through the summer of 2012, I’ll be hosting a Flannery O’Connor Reading Club here at Jonathan-Rogers.com. Each Monday from now through the end of August will be posting an article about one of O’Connor’s stories (see the schedule below), and discussion will proceed from there. The stories can all be found in The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor.

Here is the schedule:

Week of June 4: “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

Monday Overview

Discussion Question: “It’s No Real Pleasure in Life”

On the Misfit

“The Meanest of Them Sparkled”

Week of June 11: “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”

Monday Overview

“A Angel of Gawd”

Starring Gene Kelly as Mr. Shiftlet

In Which Rebecca Reynolds Ties Up Some Loose Ends

Week of June 18: “The River”

Monday Overview

Flannery O’Connor on Freelance Protestantism

Week of June 25: “The Displaced Person”

Monday Overview

The Misfit’s Hat, Mr. Shiftlet’s Car, and Symbolism in O’Connor’s Fiction

Week of July 2: “A Temple of the Holy Ghost”

Monday Overview

Discussion Question: The End of the Carnival


Week of July 9: “The Artificial Nigger”
Week of July 16: “Good Country People”
Week of July 23: “Greenleaf”
Week of July 30: “A View of the Woods”
Week of August 6: “The Enduring Chill”
Week of August 13: “Everything that Rises Must Converge”
Week of August 20: “Revelation”
Week of August 27: “Parker’s Back”