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'Dis ain't gimme, Florida': Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

Newman, Judie

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Judie Newman



Abstract

Who owns Zora Neale Hurston? That was the question asked in 1990 by Michele Wallace, in an analysis of the ways in which Hurston has been appropriated by later scholars. Wallace's pungent comparison of later critics to so many 'groupies descending on Elvis Presley's estate' in their haste to turn Hurston to their own purposes strikes a cautionary note for any subsequent writer. As she notes, the risk of canonization is that the work will be misused to derail the future of blackwomen in literature and literary criticism. For Wallace, Harold's introduction to his Modern Critical Views anthology of 1986 is a case in point.

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Newman, J. (2003). 'Dis ain't gimme, Florida': Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Modern Language Review, 98(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2003
Deposit Date Aug 7, 2007
Publicly Available Date Oct 9, 2007
Journal Modern Language Review
Print ISSN 0026-7937
Publisher Modern Humanities Research Association
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 98
Issue 4
Keywords zora neale hurston, eyes, watching, god, wallace harold bloom
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/538
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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