The Character of the Word: The Texts of Zora Neale Hurston

The Character of the Word: The Texts of Zora Neale Hurston

by Karla FC Holloway


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With the publication of this text, Karla Holloway becomes the first to produce a book-length analysis of Hurston's use of language in her four major novels. . . . Holloway supports all of her contentions by combining studies of African and Afro-American culture with Euramerican critical theories of semiology and structuralism. The result is a fascinating study of the shifting language of the narrators in each of Hurston's novels, and how these shifts relate to the emotional states of the characters and to the novelist herself. Choice

In The Character of the Word: The Texts of Zora Neale Hurston, Karla F.C. Holloway breaks new ground by placing Hurston's life and writings in a context at once literary and political. In a political sense, Hurston envisioned herself as the embodiment of her African heritage and felt that her writing was its message. From a literary perspective, Hurston's work had a tremendous influence on her daughters: writers such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Writing from the perspective of a black feminist, Holloway defines the milieu in which Hurston came of age and emphasizes the influence of this community upon her writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313252648
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/11/1987
Series: Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies: Contemporary Black Poets Series , #10
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

KARLA F.C. HOLLOWAY, is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and African American Literature and Director of African and Afro-American Studies at Duke University.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


The Community in Her Words

The Crafting of the Word: Art, Artistry and Artist—Stages of Ownership

The Emergent Voice: The Word Within Its Texts

The Word Assumes Its Raiment and Other Appropriate Garb

The Word, Thus Adorned, Bodies Forth Itself

The Spiritual Legacy in the Word


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