Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Many Catholics reacted negatively to Mary McCarthy’s Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. Several decades later, does this kind of reaction seem justified?

Discuss McCarthy’s use of irony in The Groves of Academe, beginning with its title.

Is it unfortunate for McCarthy’s reputation that she is best known for The Group?

What features of McCarthy’s style are most responsible for her success as a novelist?

Do the autobiographical elements in McCarthy’s novels generally enhance or detract from them?