Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Race and Gender in the Work of Zora Neale Hurston (Hardback)Susan Edwards Meisenhelder (author)
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Jonah's Gourd Vine's protagonist, the preacher-womanizer John Pearson, can be seen as an African rather than an African-American trickster figure, i.e. as a mobile character whose liminality helps him fight essentialist definitions imposed on him by both the white establishment and his own community. Janie's romantic search for self-fulfillment in Their Eyes Were Watching God is undermined by the humor and the carnival, which emphasize her shifting and multiply defined identity. Finally, the African-Americanized story of Moses and the Hebrews shows the conflicts involved in their search for a unified national and cultural identity. In these three novels, Hurston appears as a subversive presence whose manipulation of humor underscores a complex political vision.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm