Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What role does Paula Gunn Allen’s multiethnic background play in the subjects and themes of her works?

Discuss how the theme of alienation plays a part in Allen’s works.

Discuss how a sense of American Indian tribal community is expressed in Allen’s works.

Allen has said that humor is essential to life. Show how she uses humor to convey her themes.

How is environmentalism central to Allen’s works?

Explain how a poem or story by Allen is indicative of the American Indian perception of levels of reality.

How does Allen show that ceremony is central to American Indian culture in The Sacred Hoop?