Genevieve West examines the cultural heritage of Zora Neale Hurston’s writing and the reception of her paintings, in an try and clarify why Hurston died in imprecise poverty merely to be reclaimed as an immense Harlem Renaissance author many years after her demise. not like different books on Hurston, this research makes a speciality of how Hurston was once advertised and reviewed in the course of her profession and the way literary students reappraised her after her death.
While her publisher's method of advertising and marketing Hurston as an African American fiction author and folklorist elevated her acceptance one of the common analyzing public, her fellow Harlem Renaissance authors frequently excoriated her as an exploiter of African American tradition and a propagator of black stereotypes. finally, the feedback outweighed the recognition, and her writing fell out of favor. It was once merely after critics reconsidered her paintings within the Sixties and Seventies that she finally regained her prestige as the best writers of her new release. No different booklet has thinking about this point of Hurston's profession, nor has any booklet so systematically used advertising fabrics and experiences to trace Hurston's literary recognition. therefore, West's examine will offer a brand new point of view on Hurston and at the ways in which the politics of race, type, and gender influence canon formation in American literary culture.
This research relies on a number of interviews, brief fiction formerly undocumented in Hurston scholarship, an leading edge research of ads and mud jackets, examinations of letters through and approximately Hurston, and the exam of historical/literary contexts, together with the Harlem Renaissance, the protest stream, the assimilationist flow, the Black Arts flow, and the increase of black feminist thought.

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