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The Politics and the Poetry of Endurance

The Politics and the Poetry of Endurance The Politics and the Poetry of Endurance by Deborah Hooker Zora Neale Hurston & American Literary Culture. By M. Genevieve West. Gainesville, FL: UP of Florida, 2005. xv + 244 pages. $39.95 cloth. Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton. By Hilary Holladay. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2004. xv + 300 pages. $38.95 cloth. Anyone who has ever introduced a class to Their Eyes Were Watching God can recall the shocked faces of at least some of the stu- dents when they learn the circumstances of Hurston’s death in 1960. Everything optimistic and irrepressible in her writing, those faces seem to say, argues against Hurston’s consignment to a then unmarked grave and an obituary in the Fort Pierce News Tribune describing Janie Craw- ford’s creator as “penniless and almost forgotten.” The altered status of Their Eyes, condemned by Richard Wright and Sterling Brown among others of Hurston’s contemporaries, illustrates the broader contention of M. Genevieve West’s impressive new study, Zora Neale Hurston & Amer- ican Literary Culture: the story of Hurston’s literary reputation is the story of “American literary culture and of the almost invisible process of canon formation.” While she acknowledges the problematics of the re- ception http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

The Politics and the Poetry of Endurance

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 39 (1) – Feb 8, 2007

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2006 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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The Politics and the Poetry of Endurance by Deborah Hooker Zora Neale Hurston & American Literary Culture. By M. Genevieve West. Gainesville, FL: UP of Florida, 2005. xv + 244 pages. $39.95 cloth. Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton. By Hilary Holladay. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2004. xv + 300 pages. $38.95 cloth. Anyone who has ever introduced a class to Their Eyes Were Watching God can recall the shocked faces of at least some of the stu- dents when they learn the circumstances of Hurston’s death in 1960. Everything optimistic and irrepressible in her writing, those faces seem to say, argues against Hurston’s consignment to a then unmarked grave and an obituary in the Fort Pierce News Tribune describing Janie Craw- ford’s creator as “penniless and almost forgotten.” The altered status of Their Eyes, condemned by Richard Wright and Sterling Brown among others of Hurston’s contemporaries, illustrates the broader contention of M. Genevieve West’s impressive new study, Zora Neale Hurston & Amer- ican Literary Culture: the story of Hurston’s literary reputation is the story of “American literary culture and of the almost invisible process of canon formation.” While she acknowledges the problematics of the re- ception

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Published: Feb 8, 2007

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