The Resource Zora Neale Hurston : critical perspectives past and present, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K.A. Appiah

Zora Neale Hurston : critical perspectives past and present, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K.A. Appiah

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Zora Neale Hurston : critical perspectives past and present
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Zora Neale Hurston
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critical perspectives past and present
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edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K.A. Appiah
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eng
Summary
Zora Neale Hurston is a literary legend. One of the leading forces of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston was also one of the most widely acclaimed Black authors in America from the mid twenties to the mid forties. She faded into obscurity in the subsequent decades, but literary figures and scholars in the 1970s revived her work and introduced a whole generation to her brilliance. Today she is the most widely taught Black woman writer in the canon of American literature. Born in the all-Black town of Eatonville, Florida, of which her father was mayor, Hurston was intensely proud. She became the first Black student at Barnard College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology. She conducted significant research, interviews, and fieldwork relating to Black cultures of the United States and the Caribbean. In her writings, instead of bemoaning the frustrations of the Black experience, Hurston chose to celebrate the many cultures of her people as well as the richness of their verbal expressions. Although Hurston died poor and forgotten in 1960, the visibility of the feminist movement and the interest of women writers such as Alice Walker - who was responsible for providing a headstone for Hurston's unmarked grave in 1974 - were instrumental in reestablishing Hurston's place in African-American literature. Hurston's life and work are revealed through the reviews and essays contained in Zora Neale Hurston: Critical Perspectives Past and Present. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and K.A. Appiah have chosen reviews of her works from such important publications of her days as The Crisis, New Masses, New Republic, the New York Herald Tribune, The New York Times Book Review, Opportunity, and Saturday Review of Literature. Hurston's first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934), earned comments ranging from "most vital" to "a disappointment," although the reviewers consistently praised her use of dialect and language. This unique collection includes reviews of Mules and Men (1935), the first collection of African-American folklore published by an African American. Their Eyes Were Watching God, her 1973 novel that addressed a woman's desire for independence and individuality, was favorably reviewed by Alain Locke, the first Black Rhodes scholar and one of Hurston's professors at Howard University, and unfavorably reviewed by Richard Wright, who testily complained that the book was addressed to a white audience. The autobiographical Dust Tracks On a Road (1942) was received favorably, with comments on Hurston's "gutsy language." Reviews of Seraph on the Suwanne, Hurston's 1948 novel featuring primarily white characters, are also included, as well as those of earlier works such as Tell My Horses and Moses, Man of the Mountain. The essays presented here were published between 1982 and 1992 by academics, authors, and critics. They provide discussions and analysis, at greater length, of such factors as Hurston's language, characters, voice, and her ability to reflect the reality of Black women's lives
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index present
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PS3515.U789
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Z963 1993
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Gates, Henry Louis
  • Appiah, Anthony
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  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale - Critique et interprétation
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Women and literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Folklore in literature
  • Noirs américains dans la littérature
  • Noirs américains dans la littérature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Folklore in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Aufsatzsammlung
  • Southern States
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Zora Neale Hurston : critical perspectives past and present, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K.A. Appiah
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-319) and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
  • Jonah's gourd vine (1934) / Martha Gruening; Estelle Felton; Andrew Burris; Margaret Wallace -- Mules and men (1935) / Henry Lee Moon; Lewis Gannett; H.I. Brock -- There eyes were watching God (1937) / Richard Wright; Alain Locke; Lucille Tompkins; Sterling Brown; Sheila Hibben; Otis Ferguson -- Tell my horse (1938) / Elmer Davis -- Moses, man of the mountain (1939) / Louis Untermeyer; Percy Hutchinson -- Dust tracks on the road (1942) / Phil Strong; Beatrice Sherman -- Seraph on the Suwanee (1948) / Frank G. Slaughter; Worth Tuttle Hedden
  • "The drum with the man skin": Jonah's gourd vine / Eric J. Sundquist -- The emergent voice: the word within its texts / Karla Holloway -- Zora Neale Hurston: changing her own words / Cheryl A. Wall -- "I love the way Janie Crawford left her husbands": emergent female hero / Mary Helen Washington -- Wandering: Hurston's search for self and method / Susan Willis -- Thresholds of difference: structures of address in Zora Neale Hurston / Barbara Johnson -- Breaking out of the conventions of dialect / Gayl Jones -- Their eyes were watching God: Hurston and the speakerly text / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- Language, speech, and difference in Their eyes were watching God / Cynthia Bond -- Listening and living: Reading and experience in Their eyes were watching God / Maria Tai Wolff -- Lines of descent; Dissenting lines / Deborah E. McDowell -- Autoethnography: the an-archic style of Dust tracks on a road / Francoise Lionnet-McCumber -- Seraph on the Suwanee / Lillie Howard -- Workings of the spirit: conjure and the space of Black women's creativity / Houston A. Baker, Jr
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 330 pages
Isbn
9781567430288
Lccn
92045759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)27266307
Label
Zora Neale Hurston : critical perspectives past and present, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K.A. Appiah
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Jonah's gourd vine (1934) / Martha Gruening; Estelle Felton; Andrew Burris; Margaret Wallace -- Mules and men (1935) / Henry Lee Moon; Lewis Gannett; H.I. Brock -- There eyes were watching God (1937) / Richard Wright; Alain Locke; Lucille Tompkins; Sterling Brown; Sheila Hibben; Otis Ferguson -- Tell my horse (1938) / Elmer Davis -- Moses, man of the mountain (1939) / Louis Untermeyer; Percy Hutchinson -- Dust tracks on the road (1942) / Phil Strong; Beatrice Sherman -- Seraph on the Suwanee (1948) / Frank G. Slaughter; Worth Tuttle Hedden
  • "The drum with the man skin": Jonah's gourd vine / Eric J. Sundquist -- The emergent voice: the word within its texts / Karla Holloway -- Zora Neale Hurston: changing her own words / Cheryl A. Wall -- "I love the way Janie Crawford left her husbands": emergent female hero / Mary Helen Washington -- Wandering: Hurston's search for self and method / Susan Willis -- Thresholds of difference: structures of address in Zora Neale Hurston / Barbara Johnson -- Breaking out of the conventions of dialect / Gayl Jones -- Their eyes were watching God: Hurston and the speakerly text / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- Language, speech, and difference in Their eyes were watching God / Cynthia Bond -- Listening and living: Reading and experience in Their eyes were watching God / Maria Tai Wolff -- Lines of descent; Dissenting lines / Deborah E. McDowell -- Autoethnography: the an-archic style of Dust tracks on a road / Francoise Lionnet-McCumber -- Seraph on the Suwanee / Lillie Howard -- Workings of the spirit: conjure and the space of Black women's creativity / Houston A. Baker, Jr
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 330 pages
Isbn
9781567430288
Lccn
92045759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)27266307

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