I've posted your discussion questions up on the wiki, but you can also see the revised versions here:
- In what ways is eighteenth-century French culture gilded? (think: "Furniture which I thought to be made of gold, is gold only on the surface, its true substance is wood; in the same way, what they call politeness thinly covers their shortcomings with an outward show of virtue" (59).
- How does the voice of the Peruvian woman work as a critique? (think: of French culture? of women's roles in French society?)
- How does the novel's epistolary structure become integral to the development of ideas about language, communication, and writing?
- How can we understand Zilia's exploration of the differences between the written and spoken word?
- What is the signficance of the novel's references to sun and light? (think...gold, knowledge, divine fire, etc.; go to Meghan's blog for an answer to this)
- What do the roles that Zilia inhabits tell us about her relationship to her environment (Paris, French countryside, salon, Peru, etc.)