New Essays on "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
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New Essays on Their Eyes Were Watching God by Michael Awkward
Book DescriptionAfter 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521387750
(216mm x 138mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Awkward
Negotiating Difference, Paperback (January 1995)
In this text, the author show how debilitating "protectionist" stances can be and how much might be gained by crossing cultural boundaries. In pursuing a black male/feminist criticism, the study acknowledges the complexities of sexual, gender and racial interpretations.
Inspiriting Influences, Paperback (May 1991)» View all books by Michael Awkward
A critical look at works from this emerging body of literature. Examines Their eyes were watching God, The bluest eye, The women of Brewster Place, and The color purple. Provides insight to the aesthetically complex and ideologically challenging novels of Afro-American women. Annotation copyright Bo
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