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Every Tub Must Sit on Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston

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In a ground-breaking study of Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah Plant takes issue with current notions of Hurston as a feminist and earlier impressions of her as an intellectual lightweight who disregarded serious issues of race in American culture. Instead, Plant calls Hurston a "writer of resistance" who challenged the politics of domination both in her life and in her work. One of the great geniuses of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston stands out as a strong voice for African American women. Her anthropological inquiries as well as her evocative prose provide today's readers with a rich history of African American folk culture - a folk culture through which Hurston expressed her personal and political strategy of resistance and self-empowerment. Through readings of Hurston's fiction and autobiographical writings, Plant offers one of the first book-length discussions of Hurston's personal philosophy of individualism and self-reliance. From a discussion of Hurston's preacher father and influential mother, whose guiding philosophy is reflected in the title of this book, to the influence of Spinoza and Nietzsche, Plant puts into perspective the driving forces behind Hurston's powerful prose.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-210) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252021831
Author:
Plant, Deborah G.
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Location:
Urbana :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Afro-americans in literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Hurston, Zora Neale
Subject:
Afro-American philosophy in literature.
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
African Americans--Politics and government
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
TN-219
Publication Date:
19951031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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