Alice Walker Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the spiritual element in Alice Walker’s work? How is God envisioned in The Color Purple? In The Temple of My Familiar?

What forces does Walker identify as hostile to African American women?

What characteristics identify her later novels as experimental?

What is Walker’s definition of a good community, from the descriptions in her novels of community building?

Do Walker’s stories have villains? What characterizes her “worst” people?