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Zora Neale Hurston.


Zora Neale Hurston.

Ed. by Sharon L. Jones.

Salem Press


351 pages



Critical insights


For scholars and students, Jones (English language and literatures, Wright State U.) compiles 17 essays by English scholars from the US and UK on the works of Zora Neale Hurston. They use various critical approaches, from mobility studies to linguistics and analysis of letters, to consider well-known works anew and examine lesser-known works for the first time, including Dust Tracks on a Road, Jonah's Gourd Vine, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Seraph on the Suwanee, Tell My Horse, "Drenched in Light," Mules and Men, Mule Bone, her letters and short stories, her autobiography and journalism, and her contributions to folklore studies. In addition to providing a biography of Hurston, they examine specific aspects in these works, including the representation of funerals; mobility and character development; connections to Edwidge Danticat and Erna Brodber; socioeconomic class, religious faith, and racial identity; comparisons to Flannery O'Connor; male/female relationships; the sexuality and liberation of women; African elements in her folktales; the importance of dancing for African Americans; the performative nature of her work; and race, authority, and control. They also analyze the relationship between her writing and womanism, adaptations for children in historical novels for young readers, her work in relation to other Harlem Renaissance writers like Langston Hughes, its critical reception, and the financial support Hurston received from Charlotte Osgood Mason.

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Date:Aug 1, 2013
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