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"The inside light" : new critical essays on Zora Neale Hurston / Deborah G. Plant, editor
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2010
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 4th Floor  PS3515.U789 Z745 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject Hurston, Zora Neale -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
African Americans in literature
Folklore in literature
Physical Description xvi, 282 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Prefatory poem: in a time of Zora / E. Ethlebert Miller -- To paint a woman black and female at the turn of the 20th century. Zora Neale Hurston: a black white-collar working woman / Piper G. Huguley-Riggins -- Zora Neale Hurston: pioneering social scientist / Lucy Anne Hurston -- Masculinity in Hurston's texts / Kersuze Simeon-Jones -- Hollywood wants a cracker: Zora Neale Hurston and studio narrative culture / Elizabeth Binggeli -- A renaissance woman: poetics, performance, photography, and film. Zora Neale Hurston's folk choreography / Anthea Kraut -- Modernist visions of "self" within community: Zora Neale Hurston's Their eyes were watching God and James Van Der Zee's Home in Harlem photographs / Emily M. Hinnov -- Hurston, Toomer, and the dream of a negro theatre / John Lowe -- Zora Neale Hurston and the possibility of poetry / Phyllis McEwen -- A voice of the South. "Beholding 'A great tree in leaf'": eros, nature, and the visionary in Their eyes were watching God / Gurleen Grewal -- Zora Neale Hurston: environmentalist in southern literature / Scott Hicks -- Narrative displacement: the symbolic burden of disability in Zora Neale Hurston's Seraph on the Suwanee / Michelle Jarman -- Zora Neale Hurston and the challenge of black Atlantic identity / Shirley Toland-Dix -- Premonition: peering through time and into Hurricane Katrina / Dawood H. Sultan and Deanna J. Wathington -- The legacy of Zora Neale Hurston in the 21st century. "The man in the gutter is the God-maker": Zora Neale Hurston's philosophy of culture / Catherine A. John -- Dear Zora: letters from the new literati / Kendra Nicole Bryant -- Their eyes were watching God: the novel, the film -- an interview with Valerie Boyd / Deborah G. Plant -- De-lionizing Zora Neale Hurston? / Linda Tavernier-Almada -- "A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him": Hurston versus court-ordered school integration / Lynn Moylan -- The color line and the hem line: problem or promise of a post-racial, post-gendered America / A. Giselle Jones-Jones -- Organic universalism in Zora Neale Hurston's Their eyes were watching God / Joanne M. Braxton -- We be theorizin' / Kendra Nicole Bryant
Summary This exploration of Zora Neale Hurston's life and work draws on newly discovered information and manuscripts that bring new dimensions of her writing to light. Zora Neale Hurston is best known for the landmark novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. But no understanding of Hurston is complete without considering all the forms of her work, including her extraordinary work as a folklorist, in light of the newly discovered information, texts, and film footage. This volume caps a decade of resurgent popularity and critical interest in Hurston to offer a critical analysis of her work. Encompassing all of Hurston's writings, fiction, folklore manuscripts, drama, correspondence, it fully reaffirms the legacy of this writer, whom Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple) called "A Genius of the South." This work offers 20 critical essays covering the breadth of Hurston's writing, including her poetry, which up to now has received little attention. Essays throughout are informed by new research, previously unseen manuscripts, and even film clips of Hurston. The book also focuses on aspects of Hurston's life and work that remain controversial, including her stance on desegregation, her relationships with Charlotte Mason, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright, and the veracity of her autobiography, Dust Tracks On a Road
Alternate Author Plant, Deborah G., 1956-

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