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By Ayana I. Karanja

Filtered via black womanist views, Zora Neale Hurston: The Breath of Her Voice breaks new floor via innovation and mind's eye, by means of fusing interpretive tools in ethnographic writing and literary reviews. 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» at once and formidably to oral literature and to the writer's and reader's collaboration within the creation of textual meanings.

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At the opposite side of the porch, I greeted the third elder. Sitting erect, he wore crimson trousers and also tightly clutched a staff in a fist that resembled aged, weather worn, dark brown grainy leather. The impression he gave was of a man who had rendered a profound statement only moments earlier and added emphasis to it with a dramatic raising and down-pounding of his staff. Yet he was a quiet man, with soft, watery eyes that sharpened the color of his trousers, making them more striking.

New Moon: The Child Woman 47  Doubtless women of color need the wisdom and practicality taught by our mothers and their mothers, for we are constantly challenged despite their history of valor and our own. Yes . . in many ways your life was distinctly different from those of most women of your era. Only through conviction and self-assurance, gained early, could you write against mainstream tradition, paying little attention to the social pressure that would force you to keep a Black woman’s designated place of silence and darkness.

Speaking of economics, she never sold more than five thousand of any of the books she wrote, including Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie Mae Crawford’s intriguing story. The characteristics of the reading public have changed since 1936 when she wrote Their Eyes. Many social movements— particularly the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s have heightened the political awareness of the average Black reader. And, as you know, Black womanhood has, by its very nature, political and economic implications.

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