Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What two communications media influenced John Dos Passos’s technique in his novels? How successful do you consider these innovations?

Who or what functions as the protagonist of Manhattan Transfer?

Is it possible to justify Dos Passos’s relative inattention to character development in his fiction?

How does Dos Passos unify the multifarious contents of U.S.A.?

Dos Passos’s allegiances and activities over the years suggest great shifts in his political and social attitudes. What underlying consistencies persist in his works over the decades?