Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Demonstrate how the decline of Germany in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s affected Christopher Isherwood’s literary production.

Discuss the part other writers have played in establishing a deserved reputation for Isherwood.

Was John Van Druten misleading his audience when he titled his play based on Goodbye to Berlin as I Am a Camera?

What are the most valid aspects of Isherwood’s interjection of personal characteristics in his literary characters?

What are the best reasons for denying that Isherwood was an escapist?

What justification can you see in Isherwood’s using family names, such as Bradshaw and even Isherwood, in characterizations of people much more naïve and misled than himself or his family members?