This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter. “Flowering Judas” is a short story by American. In an interview with Barbara Thompson (Writers at Work, ) Katherine Anne Porter said she always wrote the. 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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Flowering Judas by 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. This casebook on “Flowering Judas” addresses Porter’s ambivalence su 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.

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 juddas, 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.

Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Rutgers University Press. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Flowering Judasplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 16, Larry Bassett rated it liked it Shelves: This is part of a “Women Writers” series and focuses on the single short story “Flowering Judas.

The short story itself is, of course, included. There are f,owering several brief essays by the author as well as katherien text of a flowerig with her. Some would call her a feminist, but not in the sense by which feminists are known today. Being a woman was exciting, she acknowledged, but reading about women as women bored her. Porter was an unlikely feminist both in her refusal to join any group and in her personal distaste for lesbianism, which she associated with the early feminist movement.

Moreover, jdas very act of aligning herself with others violated the spirit of individuality on which she prided herself. Look, the thumbprint is what you must go by. Laura, too, lives by such a dictum, but her independence is achieved at great cost. Feb 19, Jara rated it it was amazing. The story is so beautifully written, and for being so short it packs a punch. It seems like the easiest story to follow but when you think about it and question the themes, you realize just how complex Porter wanted the story to be.

Her perfectionism shines through her writing. Nov 28, Alexis Martinez rated it did not like it. If I didn’t have to read this for a class I wouldn’t have read this at all. Nov 14, Andy Miller rated it kathedine it. This is a collection of Porter’s first stories, written between and While some are dated, there are enough good ones qnne make reading the collection worthwhile “Maria Concepcion” is set in a rural Mexican village with an American Archaeologist searching for Indian artifacts and an armed revolution just miles away as a backdrop.


The story’s focus is a love triangle with a hard working and loyal wife, a lazy and selfish husband, portef a young, exotic mistress. The tragic ending jars against This is a collection of Porter’s first stories, written between and The tragic ending jars against today’s sensibilities but is still a provocative read “Virgin Violetta” tells of a poet who flirts with two young sisters from an upper class Mexican family. When the poet makes an inappropriate pass at the younger sister her reaction and her mother’s unsupportive response to anticipates the development of the strong, independent woman characters in 20th century literature “Theft” is about a struggling actress whose bad luck is compounded by potter theft of her purse, the link between her life and theft are described in this great juras “In this moment she felt she had been robbed of an enormous number of valuable things, whether material or intangible: Granny Weatherall is on her deathbed with her doctor, priest and children at her side at different times.

The story mixes reminiscences of her life, especially of her being jilted before her eventual marriage to another man, with her dreams and confused kathwrine with those at her side “Flowering Judas” is about a young, attractive, virgin woman who goes to Mexico to support the revolution.

She is caught up with and then repulsed by the local revolutionary leader who is contrasted by stalwart revolutionaries imprisoned with decreasing hope. Porter shows us the idealism, the disillusionment and the realistic narrative of how the two often go floeering in hand Aug 02, Kate Tooley rated it amne liked it. Took the book into philly the other day to have something to read while I walked and rode the train.

As it turned out the weather was magnificent and Kaherine happened to be over by Rittenhouse Kstherine searching out good sushi, which I found as well as stumbling onto some fantastic gellato so I decided to sit in the park a while and read app yet another from the used bookstore in Phil- read a profile on her in the New Yorker a few months ago and was curious about the way they described her writing style.

As it turned out the weather was magnificent and I happened to be over by Rittenhouse Sq searching out good sushi, which I found as well as stumbling onto some fantastic gellato so I decided to sit in the park ,atherine while and read apparently half on Philly had the same idea I got through about half the stories and I’d have to agree with the New Yorker, they have a dashed off quality that’s perfect for the medium, but I’d also tack on that poretr quality also strikes me as a stylistic choice rather than a consequence of actual dashing off.

Weather this is true or not I have kahherine idea.

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I think it’s just a writer’s mannerism, but it creates wonderful movement katnerine encourages compulsive reading. I don’t know if I’d have been inclined to read them otherwise: But there is something glossy and bright about them that’s impossible to trace the source f,owering, because they do have that juads, almost unpolished aura.

They are, in other words, a garden party of very great ladies, trained in effortless perfection. Without being floored by these stories or in love with the writing as I sometimes am I seem to have an awful lot to say about them- I suppose they make me think; that alone makes them more than worth reading.


Aug 28, J rated it it was ok. This story boils down to: Mommy Dearest plus Son to Fear-est. I needed a rhyme.

I wish his personality came out stronger. Despite Gregor’s interesting talents and quirks, the book seemed rendered in a monotone, or monochrome, that barely distinguished the book’s high points from its transitional lulls.

The story shifts location, back and forth, between Demarkian’s home li Flowerig story boils down to: The story shifts flowerinh, back and forth, between Demarkian’s home life in an an Armenian neighborhood in Philadelphia and his work assignment in Mattatuck, a New York town that’s summoned him to review a possibly humdrum suicide.

Along the way, the author makes a couple interesting points about present U. Even small towns have serious crime that can devastate residents. Adjunct professors can function near the poverty line because the pay per course taught is so low. The story happens to have a high number of dislikeable characters, including the dead young man, Chester Morton, as well as his mom, who’s a prominent Mattatuck businesswoman. Throw in the Mattatuck police commissioner, the Mattatuck funeral-home director and the trailer-park mom of community-college student Haydee Michaelman — and the mom’s live-in boyfriend, too.

Demarkian cleverly unravels the clever coverup of an old crime, but the story never grabbed me by the jugular.

Nor by the heartstrings.

In the end, the tale was tepid. Apr 08, Jennifer M. Hartsock rated it it was ok. This story should be read as an example of character because by reading flowerong thoughts, we get a very clear sense of who she is as a person, and how over time, her illness has made her mind wander in and out of reality.

She seems to be very hostile toward Cornelia, her daughter.

Flowering Judas | short story by Porter |

This character has flashbacks to define her attitude toward Cornelia, and then talks to that certain person as if lfowering were right in front of her. I would refer to this story as a Stream of Consciousness because of how in depth we see her thoughts as they occur. Nov 03, Michalle Gould rated it it was amazing. This is a tough one to rate because some of the stories are stronger than others. Theft, which I’d never heard of before, was my favorite, while The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, which I’m pretty sure is the most well-known story from this collection, left me somewhat cold until the very end.

Flowreing wish I could kaatherine it a 4. But I will grade up for the strongest, rather than down for the weakest. The language is perfectly-tuned to the occasion throughout. Jan 08, Eg rated it did not like it. Setting is Mexico city in s. Interestingly, as I later read, the story involves real-life events.

The author has put part of herself in the protagonist Laura. Characters are complicated and the story doesn’t evolve easily. Dec 16, Matthias rated it liked it Shelves: Not too much attention given to the linguistic and pkrter problems of the border region between Mexico and the US. Plot takes place in Mexico and focuses on the inner fragmentation written in the 30’s: Laura is a katyerine revolutionist disillusioned by the the leader of the revolution that shook Mexico at that time.

Jun 02, Eric rated it really liked it. A bit uneven, but the best, “Flowering Judas,” “Rope” “The Cracked Looking Glass” and one or two others, annne magnificent and modern as hell. Mar 30, Keith Miller added it. Feb 24, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: