Questions tagged [zora-neale-hurston]

Questions related to the American novelist, short story writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960). Her works include the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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What does Janie mean when she says “When you pull down yo' britches, you look lak de change uh life.”

In a crucial scene in Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston, 1937), Janie mocks Joe's age and illness, ending with: “Naw, Ah ain't no young gal no mo' but den Ah ain't no old woman neither....
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Why do vultures unexpectedly start talking in Their Eyes Were Watching God?

In Their Eyes Were Watching God (which is a fantastic book that is also [shameless plug] a proposed topic challenge), there's a strange scene on pages 61-62 where several vultures (a type of bird) ...
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Is the beginning of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" drawing a comparison of men and women?

The beginning of Their Eyes Were Watching God goes like this: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, ...
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Was the Eatonville of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" modeled exactly on the real town of the same name or simply inspired by it?

According to Wikipedia: The all-black Eatonville of Their Eyes Were Watching God is based on the all-black town of the same name in which Hurston grew up. The town's weekly announced in 1889, "...
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How fictionalised is "Dust Tracks on a Road"?

I just finished reading Zora Neale Hurston's memoir Dust Tracks on a Road and I thought it seemed to be full of tall tales as well as omissions, though obviously it is based on her real life. In his ...