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Hurston and Toomer / Vernacular & Self-Image
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An 11 page paper examining how Zora Neale Hurston's and Jean Toomer's use of the vernacular in their works reflects their own self-concept as black people. Novels discussed are Cane and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Society And The Individual In Ibsen And Hurston
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A 5 page look at the way the female protagonists of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God respond to society's traditional roles for women, and to what extent these characters are able to overcome these social constrictions to achieve a self-actualized life. No additional sources cited.
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The Characterization of Janie in Hurston's 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'
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A nine page paper looking at this important twentieth century novel in terms of the way Zora Neale Hurston created the complex characterization of her protagonist, Janie Crawford. The paper argues that Janie is less challenged by her role as an African-American as she is by her gender. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Zora Neal Hurston / Significance Of White Tokens In Six Of Her Works
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A 6 page analysis of Jonah's Gourd Wine, Guilded Six-Bits, Sweat, Spunk, Drenched in Light, & John Reddding Goes to Sea -- looking at how Hurston uses the white token to bring about the black experience in regards to separatism and belonging--from a societal viewpoint. The paper discusses Hurston's goals of bringing together both societies for an egalitarian purpose rather than promote a separatist viewpoint for either black or white society.
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Zora Neale Hurston / A Woman of Two Worlds
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An 8 page paper discussing the black author's unusual ability to move easily in both black literary circles and white ones simultaneously, and postulates that this helped her bring the joy and vitality of black experience to a primarily white audience. FREE Outline of paper included ! Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Zora Neale Hurston's 'Dust Tracks on a Road'
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A 5 page essay on Zora Neale Hurston's autobiography. It describes Zora's life briefly, then analyzes two major problems with the book, namely Zora's lack of closure regarding her prophetic 'visions' and her inability to perceive herself as a member of an oppressed race. No additional sources cited.
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Zora Neale Hurston's 'Seraph on the Suwanee' / Sexuality
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A 5 page paper based on the argument that author Zora Neale Hurston wrote more with an eye to authenticity than to the conventions of the times in which she wrote. Published in 1948, 'Seraph on the Suwanee' was the last novel written by Hurston, and was also one of her lesser-known. All of her works, however, included a measure of to-the-point sexuality, presented in the context of a matter-of-fact part of life rather than for any anticipated 'shock value.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Zora Neale Hurston's 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' / Traces Of Modernism
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A 9 page paper on the novel by early twentieth century author Zora Neale Hurston. The paper argues that Hurston's fiction techniques were ultimately derived from the modernism she learned while she was the only Black student at Barnard in the 1920s, and this colored both her fictional techniques and her interaction with white people from then on. Bibliography lists 9 sources including book.
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Zora Neale Hurston's 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'/ Concept Of African Time
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This 5 page report discusses the concept of Clack time' or 'African time' and how it applies to Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'
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A 15 page review of the 1974 book by Robert Persig. Explores the concept of perception and how it relates to the ancient philosophy of Zen. Illuminates Persig's concern with the decline in American values and in systems such as our educational system. No additional sources are listed.
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Robert Pirsig's 'Lila' / Metaphysics Of Quality
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A 5 page analysis of the concepts presented by Pirsig as they relate to what he calls 'dynamic quality.' No additional sources cited.
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An Interpretation of Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium”
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A 6 page review of one of Yeats’ most spiritually moving poem. The author analyzes the symbolism employed by Yeats to present the contention that Yeats’ intent was to impart a sense of spiritual awareness, of the fragility of life in our worldly form, of the power of the many mystical forces of our universe, and the concepts of reincarnation and life in the afterworld. Bibliography lists 4 sources. PPyeats2.rtf
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