Judy Blume Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How does Judy Blume’s biography supplement a reading of her greater themes in children’s fiction?

How does humor operate within Blume’s works?

Blume’s works often portray girls making the transition into puberty. What is it about this period in someone’s life that offers such a wealth of material?

What is the purpose of Blume’s narrators addressing their readers directly, almost as if within a conversation with them?

The anxieties encountered by young adults are ubiquitous within Blume’s fiction: Religion, biology, relationships, generational conflict, marriage, divorce, and separation are all grist for her mill. How does such controversial subject matter aid the plots of her stories?

Most of Blume’s narratives are left without conclusive resolution. What is gained by withholding closure from the reader?

What is “God’s” function to a girl struggling to discover her own religion in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret?