Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

In what ways does Alison Lurie make the university campus a microcosm for American society?

Compare the treatment of feminism in two Lurie novels.

How does Lurie’s children’s fiction reflect the themes of her adult novels?

How are Lurie’s novels comedies of manners in the style of Jane Austen?

Compare the views of marriage in two Lurie novels.

In The Nowhere City, how does Lurie’s vision of California differ from her view of the eastern United States in her other novels?

How are Imaginary Friends and Henry James’s The Bostonians similar and different?

How is The War Between the Tates a portrait of the American political turmoil of the 1960’s and 1970’s?