"Sweat": Written by Zora Neale Hurston

by Cheryl A. Wall
     
 

ISBN-10: 081352315X

ISBN-13: 9780813523156

Pub. Date: 03/01/1997

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Now frequently anthologized, Zora Neale Hurston's short story "Sweat" was first published in Fire!!, a legendary literary magazine of the Harlem Renaissance, whose sole issue appeared in November 1926. In "Sweat" Hurston claimed the voice that animates her mature fiction, notably the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God; the themes of marital conflict and the…  See more details below

Overview

Now frequently anthologized, Zora Neale Hurston's short story "Sweat" was first published in Fire!!, a legendary literary magazine of the Harlem Renaissance, whose sole issue appeared in November 1926. In "Sweat" Hurston claimed the voice that animates her mature fiction, notably the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God; the themes of marital conflict and the development of spiritual consciousness were introduced as well. "Sweat" exemplifies Hurston's lifelong concern with women's relation to language and the literary possibilities of black vernacular. This casebook for this story includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of the author's life, the authoritative text of "Sweat," and a second story, "The Gilded Six-Bits." Published in 1932, this second story was written after Hurston had spent years conducting fieldwork in the southern United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813523156
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Chronology21
"Sweat"25
Background to the Story
Research43
Characteristics of Negro Expression55
Negotiating Respect: Patterns of Presentation among Black Women73
A Selection of Blues and Spirituals107
Genesis 1-3113
Zora Neale Hurston and the Speakerly Text119
The Gilded Six-Bits135
Critical Essays
From Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography149
Breaking out of the Conventions of Dialect153
The Artist in the Kitchen: The Economics of Creativity in Hurston's "Sweat"169
From Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston's Cosmic Comedy183
"I Love the Way Janie Crawford Left Her Husbands": Zora Neale Hurston's Emergent Female Hero193
Looking for Zora211
Selected Bibliography231
Permissions233

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