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The Resource Zora Neale Hurston & American literary culture, M. Genevieve West

Zora Neale Hurston & American literary culture, M. Genevieve West

Label
Zora Neale Hurston & American literary culture
Title
Zora Neale Hurston & American literary culture
Statement of responsibility
M. Genevieve West
Title variation
Zora Neale Hurston and American literary culture
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Genevieve West examines the cultural history of Zora Neale Hurston's writing and the reception of her work, in an attempt to explain why Hurston died in obscure poverty only to be reclaimed as an important Harlem Renaissance writer decades after her death. Unlike other books on Hurston, this study focuses on how Hurston was marketed and reviewed during her career and how literary scholars reappraised her after her death." "While her publisher's approach to marketing Hurston as an African American fiction writer and folklorist increased her popularity among the general reading public, her fellow Harlem Renaissance authors often excoriated her as an explorer of African American culture and a propagator of black stereotypes. Eventually, the criticism outweighed the popularity and her writing fell out of fashion. It was only after critics reconsidered her work in the 1960s and 1970s that she eventually regained her status as one of the best writers of her generation. No other book has focused on this aspect Hurston's career, nor has any book so systematically used marketing materials and reviews to track Hurston's literary reputation. As a result, West's study will provide a new perspective on Hurston and on the ways that the politics of race, class, and gender impact canon formation in American literary culture." "This study is based on numerous interviews, short fiction previously undocumented in Hurston scholarship, an innovative analysis of advertisements and dust jackets, examinations of letters by and about Hurston, and the examination of historical/literary contexts, including the Harlem Renaissance, the protest movement, the assimilationist movement, the Black Arts movement, and the rise of black feminist thought."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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West, Margaret Genevieve
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Politics and literature
  • Women and literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Race in literature
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
Label
Zora Neale Hurston & American literary culture, M. Genevieve West
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Florida State University, 1997, under title: Zora Neale Hurston's place in America literary culture
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 1.
  • Negotiating ideologies of the Harlem Renaissance : the politics of Hurston's art and identity.
  • p. 14
  • 2.
  • Making a way : fighting "the line of least resistance".
  • p. 53
  • 3.
  • highway through the wilderness.
  • p. 91
  • 4.
  • Voodoo : fact and fiction.
  • p. 127
  • 5.
  • "The tragedies of life".
  • p. 169
  • 6.
  • Talking back : taking a stand on race and politics.
  • p. 192
  • 7.
  • making of an icon.
  • p. 229
Control code
10001053936
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 300 p.
Isbn
9780813028309
Lccn
205042285
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Zora Neale Hurston & American literary culture, M. Genevieve West
Publication
Note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Florida State University, 1997, under title: Zora Neale Hurston's place in America literary culture
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 1.
  • Negotiating ideologies of the Harlem Renaissance : the politics of Hurston's art and identity.
  • p. 14
  • 2.
  • Making a way : fighting "the line of least resistance".
  • p. 53
  • 3.
  • highway through the wilderness.
  • p. 91
  • 4.
  • Voodoo : fact and fiction.
  • p. 127
  • 5.
  • "The tragedies of life".
  • p. 169
  • 6.
  • Talking back : taking a stand on race and politics.
  • p. 192
  • 7.
  • making of an icon.
  • p. 229
Control code
10001053936
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 300 p.
Isbn
9780813028309
Lccn
205042285
Other physical details
ill.

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