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1. Most of Cooper's stories focus on the challenges that beset women living in desperate circumstances. How does she give these stories a universal resonance, making them appealing to a variety of readers? 2. The search for love is a common theme in the stories. In addition to the romantic relationships between men and women, what other forms of love does Cooper explore? 3. To what extent are Cooper's protagonists role models? Do you think that the stories are meant to convey certain moral or ethical values? 4. In what ways do the stories in The Future Has a Past differ from those in the earlier books? Do the problems--and the dreams--of the characters reflect changes in our society? Why or why not? 5. What do Cooper's novels share with other books, both fiction and nonfiction, that you have read about the Civil War period? Do her descriptions of the relationships between African Americans and whites before and immediately following the war differ from your previous impressions or beliefs? In what ways does Cooper challenge the traditional depiction of the boundaries between slave and master, black and white? Which characters or relationships do you find particularly surprising? Are the white characters as fully developed as the African Americans are? 6. Cooper touches on a wide range of social, economic, and political issues in her writing, including the historical divisions between races and classes; interracial relationships; the significance of complexion in society in general and within the African American community specifically; and the importance of education. What techniques does she use to incorporate these subjects without disrupting the flow of the stories? In what ways can fiction be more effective than nonfiction in revealing the forces that shape our world? 7. In describing Cooper's writing, Alice Walker said, 'Her style is deceptively simple and direct and the vale of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard.' How do these traits mirror classic forms of storytelling, from myths and Biblical parables to the folk stories passed down through oral traditions? Why do you think Cooper may have chosen to use these timeless techniques to tell her

Table of Contents

$100 and nothing! — Sins leave scars — Who are the fools? — Loved to death — Say what you willomay! — Funeral plans — He was a man! (but he did himself wrong) — Color me real — Too hep to be happy! — The free and the caged — Liberated — A jewel for a friend.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307778604
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Fiction : Short Stories (single author)
Author:
Cooper, J. California
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
General
Subject:
Afro-Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Parables
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1984
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
124

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