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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.
|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|
|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|