By Ayana I. Karanja

ISBN-10: 0820428574

ISBN-13: 9780820428574

Filtered via black womanist views, Zora Neale Hurston: The Breath of Her Voice breaks new flooring via innovation and mind's eye, by means of fusing interpretive equipment in ethnographic writing and literary experiences. Intrinsically referencing modern epistemological concerns in ethnographic writing and literary canonicity, Dr. Karanja illuminates fragments of Hurston's existence via an exploration of her novels and folklore collections. In doing so, she bridges disciplines to build a postmodern textual content that «speaks» without delay and formidably to oral literature and to the writer's and reader's collaboration within the construction of textual meanings.

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For one thing, it seemed off-key. What I wanted to tell was a story about a man, and from what I had read and heard, Negroes were supposed to write about the Race Problem. I was and am thoroughly sick of the subject. My interest lies in what makes a man or a woman do such-and-so, regardless of his color. It seemed to me that the human beings I met reacted pretty much the same to the same stimuli . . But I said to myself that was not what was expected of me, so I was afraid to tell a story the way I wanted, or rather the way the story told itself to me.

Curtains hung at the upstairs windows, giving the impression that the building served a dual purpose. Five or six young men stood outside Ethel’s. Apparently they had observed the photo-shoot with the old men. “Why don’t you take a picture of something that really looks good,” one shouted, raising his right arm in a “Black Power” kind of way. I accommodated and photographed him and his cheering supporters. They all applauded. The conviviality of the previous night’s mood remained operative. A few yards from them was a small, brick-faced building that resembled a large fireplace.

Bromeliads grow out from great tree trunks in forested areas. ” A Bromeliad, then, might be thought of as a manifestation of the great goddess Isis/Hathor.  Contemplation (A Lighted Candle) Ancient mother of the seas, your womb, a vessel of sacred blood. You make mountains with your wings and stars fall from your mouth. Pierce the night with mystic eyes. Ride the spray of my breath, the sound of my voice to the cusp of yesterday. Hear the sound of my words playing on the wind. Wrap my voice in your hair; awaken the daughter/spirit in your bosom-nest.

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