Flowering Judas: Katherine Anne Porter

Flowering Judas: Katherine Anne Porter

by Virginia Carr, Katherine Anne Porter
     
 

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, an idealistic woman, who travels to Mexico from Arizona at the age of twenty-two to assist the Obregón Revolution.

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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, an idealistic woman, who travels to Mexico from Arizona at the age of twenty-two to assist the Obregón Revolution.

This casebook on "Flowering Judas" addresses Porter's ambivalence surrounding 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813519791
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1993
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)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Chronology27
Flowering Judas31
Background to the Story
Why [I] Selected "Flowering Judas"53
Why I Write About Mexico55
The Mexican Trinity57
Katherine Anne Porter: An Interview63
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-Betrayal153
The Making of "Flowering Judas"171
Mexico, Memory, and Betrayal: Katherine Anne Porter's "Flowering Judas"195
Selected Bibliography211
Permissions215

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