Approaches to Teaching Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Other Works

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-30
  • Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

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Zora Neale Hurston emerged as a celebrated writer of the Harlem Renaissanee, fell into obseurity towards the end of here life, yet is now recognized as a great American author. Her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is popular among general readers and is widely taught in universities, colleges, and secondary school. A key text of African American and women's literature, it has also been studied by scholars interested in the 1930's small-town life, modernism, folklore, and regionalism, and it has been viewed through the lenses of dialect theory, critical race theory, and transnational and diasporan studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. 1
Editions and Anthologiesp. 7
Courses and Contextsp. 7
The Instructor's Libraryp. 8
Introductionp. 15
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Process of Canon Formationp. 21
False Gods and "Caucasian Characteristics for All": Hurston's Radical Vision in Their Eyes Were Watching Godp. 27
History, Mythology, and the Proletarian in Their Eyes Were Watching Godp. 37
Laughin' Up a World; Humor and Identity in Their Eyes Were Watching Godp. 54
Celebrating Bigamy and Other Outlaw Behaviors: Hurston, Reputation, and the Problems Inherent in Labeling Janie a Feministp. 67
Vehicles for Their Talents: Hurston and Wright in Conflict in the Undergraduate Literature Classroomp. 81
The Seams Must Show: Their Eyes Were Watching God as an Introduction to Deconstructionp. 89
Other Works by Hurston
Modes of Black Masculinity in Jonah's Gourd Vinep. 93
Freedom and Identity in Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountainp. 105
Politics of Self: Individualist Perspectives in Seraph on the Suwaneep. 120
Polyvocality and Performance in Mules and Menp. 131
Between Mimesis and Mimicry: Teaching Hurston's Tell My Horsep. 147
Telling Tales in Dust Tracks on a Road: Hurston's Portrait of an Artistp. 157
From Gilded Garden to Golden Anniversary: Teaching Hurston's "The Gilded Six-Bits"p. 164
Africanisms in Hurston's The First One, Color Struck, and Mule Bonep. 171
Notes on Contributorsp. 183
Survey Participantsp. 187
Works Citedp. 189
Indexp. 205
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