Flowering Judas: Katherine Anne Porter

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Katherine Anne Porter often spoke of her story "Flowering Judas" as the tale she liked best of all her stories because it came the nearest to what she meant it to be. It is the story of Laura, and idealistic woman who travels to Mexico from Arizona at the age of twenty-two to assist the Obregon Revolution.

This casebook on "Flowering Judas" addresses Porter's ambivalence surround her roles as woman and artist and also attests to the profound influence of Mexico upon her work. Readers of this early tale will not be surprised to learn that although Porter was a practicing feminist in her life and her work, she actually eschewed the feminist label.

Virginia Spencer Carr brings her own sharply focused biographer's eye to the introduction, further illuminating the story and the superb critical essays that it provokes. The casebook includes the authoritative text of the story itself, Porter's own statement regarding the genesis of this highly acclaimed work, an important interview, a collection of significant essays on "Flowering Judas" and the historical, cultural, and personal milieu from which the tale evolved, a bibliography, and a chronology of Porter's life and work.

The contributors are Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr., Leon Gottfied, David Madden, Jane Krause DeMouy, Barbara Thompson, Darlene Harbour Unrue, Thomas F. Walsh, and Ray B. West, Jr.

Virginia Spencer Carr is a professor of English at Georgia State University. She is the author of The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers, Understanding Carson McCullers, and Dos Passos, A Life.

A volume in the Rutgers series, Women Writers: Texts and Contexts, edited by Thomas L. Erskine and Connie L. Richards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813519791
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Series: Women Writers: Texts and Contexts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Spencer Carr is a professor and chair of the Department of English at Georgia State University. She is the author of The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers, Understanding Carson McCullers, and Dos Passos, A Life.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Chronology 27
Flowering Judas 31
Background to the Story
Why [I] Selected "Flowering Judas" 53
Why I Write About Mexico 55
The Mexican Trinity 57
Katherine Anne Porter: An Interview 63
Critical Essays
Katherine Anne Porter: Symbol and Theme in "Flowering Judas" 89
Death's Other Kingdom: Dantesque and Theological Symbolism in "Flowering Judas" 99
The Charged Image in Katherine Anne Porter's "Flowering Judas" 121
Revolution and the Female Principle in "Flowering Judas" 137
"Flowering Judas": Psyche, Symbol, and Self-Betrayal 153
The Making of "Flowering Judas" 171
Mexico, Memory, and Betrayal: Katherine Anne Porter's "Flowering Judas" 195
Selected Bibliography 211
Permissions 215
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