Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How did Walker Percy’s linguistic studies enrich his fiction?

Does Percy, a consciously southern writer, repudiate values—such as tradition, the family, and religious conservatism—often considered distinctively southern ones?

Is Binx Bolling of The Moviegoer an authentic Everyman?

How does Percy’s existentialist fiction differ from that of earlier writers in this mode, such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus?

Is Percy more Christian apologist than artist?