Katherine Anne Porter Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What typically southern values predominate in Katherine Anne Porter’s short stories?

Discuss the theme of betrayal in “Flowering Judas.”

What “old order” do the stories of The Old Order reflect?

Discuss the tension between the demands of civil law and individual conscience in Noon Wine.

Is Porter’s Ship of Fools in effect a “moral allegory” similar to that of Sebastian Brant?

By what techniques does Porter seek to unify the novel Ship of Fools with its many diverse minor characters? Is she successful in the attempt?