Category: zora neale hurston

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The “historical self” and the “self self”: Part II

In last Thursday’s post, I wrote about the “historical self” and the “self self” that Claudia Rankine references in one of the vignettes in Citizen: An American Lyric. Today, I want to finish that discussion by looking some more at Rankine’s work, Lillian Smith, and concluding with Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place.

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Rhetorically Examining Zora Neale Hurston’s “How It Feels to be Colored Me!”

A few posts ago, I wrote about W.E.B. Du Bois and double consciousness. As part of this discussion, I looked at the ways that some artists, such as Charles Chesnutt and Frank Yerby navigated the literary landscape in relation to what readers expected from their works and how readers responded. Today, I want to briefly take a look at Zora Neale Hurston’s “How It … Read More Rhetorically Examining Zora Neale Hurston’s “How It Feels to be Colored Me!”

Countering Western Ideals of Beauty in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

If you enjoy what you read here at Interminable Rambling, think about making a contribution on our Patreon page.  Reading Claude McKay’s Banana Bottom and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God together provides multiple topics to discuss in relation to the two novels. Recently, I wrote about how McKay counters western ideals of beauty within his novel, and today I want to … Read More Countering Western Ideals of Beauty in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

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“African American Literature and the American South” Syllabus

Occasionally, I post syllabi ideas here on the blog. Today, I want to share a syllabus I have been thinking about recently entitled “African American Literature and the American South.” The South, as a geographic and imaginary space, looms large in the works of not just African American authors but in writers of all ethnic backgrounds from the United States. Maryemma Graham discusses the … Read More “African American Literature and the American South” Syllabus