Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How is Gloria Naylor’s religious background evident in her novels?

How has feminism influenced the characters and themes of Naylor’s novels?

In what senses are Naylor’s novels gothic or melodramatic?

Discuss Naylor’s use of weather imagery.

Are Naylor’s male characters well rounded or stereotypical?

How are the seven stories in The Women of Brewster Place unified thematically?

Compare the characters and themes of The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place.

How is Linden Hills an attack upon middle-class African American values?