New Essays on Their Eyes Were Watching God (American Novel)

New Essays on Their Eyes Were Watching God (American Novel)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 129 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521387750
  • DDC分類 813.52

Full Description

After decades of relegation to the margins of American literary history, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God has recently been rediscovered by American literary and cultural scholars who have begun to explore the novel's thematic, ideological, and aesthetic complexity. In the introduction to this volume Michael Awkward provides an overview of the critical reception of Hurston's novel, from the largely dismissive reviews accompanying the novel's publication in 1937, to factors which helped revive interest in Hurston in the 1960s, to its recent establishment as a central American novel. The other essays in the volume discuss Hurston's sophisticated use of black folklore, the autobiographical resonances in the novel, Hurston's definition of the relationship between black artists and the Afro-American masses, and the usefulness of feminist modes of inquiry. This collection offers fresh insight for approaching Hurston's compelling exploration of a black woman's extended search for self and community.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Michael Awkward
2. The personal dimension in Their Eyes Were
Watching God Robert Hemenway
3. Crayon enlargements of life: Zora Neale
Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God as
autobiography Nellie McKay
4. The politics of fiction, anthropology, and
the folk: Zora Neale Hurston Hazel V. Carby
5. Power, judgment, and narrative in a work of
Zora Neale Hurston: feminist cultural studies
Rachel Blau Duplessis