Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What differences do you find between Indian and mainstream culture? Between nineteenth and twentieth century Indian life?

How does the conflict between traditional and modern ways lead to misunderstandings?

Compare the alienation experienced by James Welch’s characters. Are there any Native American characters who do not display alienation?

What role does prejudice play in Welch’s work?

Considering that Welch began his career as a poet, can you still find examples of lyricism or poetic language in his fiction?

Comment on the significance of landscape in Welch’s writing.

Comment on his use of irony. What effects does it produce?