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Title:
Zora Neale Hurston's Their eyes were watching God : a casebook
Author:
Wall, Cheryl A.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
x, 191 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Zora Neale Hurston on Zora Neale Hurston -- Encountering Zora Neale Hurston / Sherley Anne Williams -- "I love the way Janie Crawford left her husbands" : Zora Neale Hurston's emergent female hero / Mary Helen Washington -- Metaphor, metonymy, and voice in Their eyes were watching God / Barbara Johnson -- Zora Neale Hurston and the speakerly text / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- The politics of fiction, anthropology, and the folk : Zora Neale Hurston / Hazel V. Carby -- The erotics of talk : "that oldest human longing" in Their eyes were watching God / Carla Kaplan -- Vodou imagery, African American tradition, and cultural transformation in Zora Neale Hurston's Their eyes were watching God / Daphne Lamothe.
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ISBN:
9780195121735

9780195121742
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The rediscovery of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, first published in 1937 but subsequently out-of-print for decades, marks one of the most dramatic chapters in African-American literature and Women's Studies. Its popularity owes much to the lyricism of the prose, thepitch-perfect rendition of black vernacular English, and the memorable characters--most notably, Janie Crawford. Collecting the most widely cited and influential essays published on Hurston's classic novel over the last quarter century, this Casebook presents contesting viewpoints by Hazel Carby,Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Barbara Johnson, Carla Kaplan, Daphne Lamothe, Mary Helen Washington, and Sherley Anne Williams. The volume also includes a statement Hurston submitted to a reference book on twentieth-century authors in 1942. As it records the major debates the novel has sparked on issues oflanguage and identity, feminism and racial politics, A Casebook affirms the classic status of the novel and charts new directions for future critics.


Author Notes

Cheryl A. Wall is Professor of English at Rutgers University, where she teaches African-American and American Literature.