Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Margaret Walker’s description of the landscape of Georgia in Jubilee is stunningly beautiful. What is the purpose of this emphasis on the beauty of nature?

How does Walker represent sexual behavior in Jubilee and “Poppa Chicken”?

How does Walker use biblical reference in each of the works discussed in the analysis above?

Show how Walker’s writing is both optimistic and pessimistic about the moral progress of humankind.

One of the principal narrative tactics in Walker’s writing is the use of inventories—of flowers, smells, foods, emotional states, medicines, and so on. Locate some examples and explain their function where they appear.

In spite of her hope, Walker depicts significant violence in her writing. Identify some examples and explain the purpose of such descriptions where they are found.