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Tell My Horse

Author : Zora Neale Hurston
ISBN : 9780061847394
Genre : Fiction
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As a first-hand account of the weird mysteries and horrors of voodoo, Tell My Horse is an invaluable resource and fascinating guide. Based on Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica, where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer of voodoo practices during her visits in the 1930s, this travelogue into a dark world paints a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies and customs and superstitions of great cultural interest.

Wrapped In Rainbows

Author : Valerie Boyd
ISBN : 0684842300
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Traces the career of the influential African-American writer, citing the historical backdrop of her life and work while considering her relationships with and influences on top literary, intellectual, and artistic figures.

Literary Culture And U S Imperialism

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ISBN : 0198030118
Genre : American literature
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Narratives Of Resistance

Author : Ana María Manzanas Calvo
ISBN : 8489958815
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The articles included in this collection cover a wide range of literatures and topics, but most of them address the ways in which ethnic writers create themselves in opposition and resistance to the mainstream. These narratives of opposition and resistance do not equate protest narratives but represent a consciously subversive effort. There is agency and creativity in the confrontation, for the majority of the these narratives are not only demystifying an old world and order but creating a new one; there narratives are not reproducing as much as producing and forging culture and literature. The articles we presente resist not only the politics of traditional canon formation but the politics of cultural nationalism as well; they challenge the margins as well as the center. With this revisionist agenda, the aim or this collection is to invite readers to further their rethinking of American and Caribbean literatures.

Travelers Immigrants Inmates

Author : Frances Bartkowski
ISBN : 0816623627
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. Identities are always mistaken; yet they are as necessary as air to sustain life in and among communities. Frances Bartkowski uses travel writings, U.S. immigrant autobiographies, and concentration camp memoirs to illustrate how tales of dislocation present readers with a picture of the complex issues surrounding mistaken identities. In turn, we learn much about the intimate relation between language and power. Combining psychoanalytic and political modes of analysis, Bartkowski explores the intertwining of place and the construction of identities. The numerous writings she considers include André Gide's Voyage to the Congo, Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation, Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street, Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road and Tell My Horse, and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. Elegantly written and incisive, Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates stands at the crossroads of contemporary discussions about ethnicity, race, gender, nationalism, and the politics and poetics of identity. It has much to offer readers interested in questions of identity and cultural differences. Frances Bartkowski is associate professor of English and director of women's studies at Rutgers University in Newark. She is the author of Feminist Utopias (1989).

Afromodernisms Paris Harlem And The Avant Garde

Author : Fionnghuala Sweeney
ISBN : 9780748646418
Genre : Social Science
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Makes a persuasive case for a black Atlantic literary renaissance & its impact on modernist studies. These 10 new chapters stretch and challenge current canonical configurations of modernism in two key ways: by considering the centrality of black artists, writers and intellectuals as key actors and core presences in the development of a modernist avant-garde; and by interrogating 'blackness' as an aesthetic and political category at critical moments during the twentieth century. This is the first book-length publication to explore the term 'Afromodernisms' and the first study to address together the cognate fields of modernism and the black Atlantic.

Resisting History

Author : Barbara Ladd
ISBN : 9780807132234
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Ladd rightly understands her project as an intervention in a number of intersecting intellectual projects, new modernist studies, new southern studies, and hemispheric American studies. Any scholar interested in such fields will benefit enormously from reading Ladd's valuable book." -- Modern Fiction Studies In a major reinterpretation, Resisting History reveals that women, as subjects of writing and as writing subjects themselves, played a far more important role in shaping the landscape of modernism than scholars previously acknowledged. Barbara Ladd offers powerful new readings of three southern writers who reimagined authorship between World War I and the mid-1950s. Resisting History challenges ideas about history as a coherent narrative and about the development of U.S. modernism and points to new histories of literary and cultural modernisms in which the work of women equals that of men.

Taking Haiti

Author : Mary A. Renda
ISBN : 9780807826287
Genre : History
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The U.S. invasion of Haiti in July 1915 marked the start of a military occupation that lasted for nineteen years--and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer. Exploring the cultural dimensions of U.S. contact with Haiti during t

Shifting The Ground

Author : Rachel Stein
ISBN : 0813917417
Genre : Literary Criticism
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From a perspective of ecofeminist theory, author Rachel Stein suggests that selected writings by Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Leslie Marmon Silko metaphorically revise American concepts of nature, gender, and race. Stein shows that by reinterpreting nature, these writers transform their characters from social objects into self-empowered subjects.

Zora Neale Hurston Haiti And Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author : La Vinia Delois Jennings
ISBN : 9780810166585
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Zora Neale Hurston wrote her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, while in Haiti on a trip funded by a Guggenheim fellowship to research the region’s transatlantic folk and religious culture; this work grounded what would become her ethnography Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica. The essays in Zora Neale Hurston, Haiti, and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” persuasively demonstrate that Hurston’s study of Haitian Voudoun informed the characterization, plotting, symbolism, and theme of her novel. Much in the way that Voudoun and its North American derivative Voodoo are syncretic religions, Hurston’s fiction enacts a syncretic, performative practice of reference, freely drawing upon Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, and Haitian Voudoun mythologies for its political, aesthetic, and philosophical underpinnings. Zora Neale Hurston, Haiti, and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” connects Hurston’s work more firmly to the cultural and religious flows of the African diaspora and to the literary practice by twentieth-century American writers of subscripting in their fictional texts symbols and beliefs drawn from West and Central African religions.

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