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Jump at the sun : Zora Neale Hurston's cosmic comedy

Author: John Lowe
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the writer/anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, humor offered "a way out of no way," helping African American culture survive the harsh realities of life. The humor in Hurston's writing was a vehicle for subversive observations on intolerable conditions, yet it also provided a joyous commentary on the paradoxically creative and exuberant folk culture of an oppressed people. John Lowe explores the comic elements of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Humor
Humour
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lowe, John, 1945-
Jump at the sun.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)891883681
Named Person: Zora Neale Hurston; Zora Neale Hurston; Zora Neale Hurston; Zora Neale Hurston; Zora Neale Hurston; Zora Neale Hurston
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Lowe
ISBN: 025202110X 9780252021107
OCLC Number: 30318754
Description: xiv, 373 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: "Cast in Yo' Nets Right Here": Finding a Comic Voice --
In the Words of Our Father: The Sacred and Sorrowful Humor of Jonah's Gourd Vine --
Laughin' Up a World: Their Eyes Were Watching God and the (Wo)Man of Words --
Signifying on God: Moses, Man of the Mountain --
Cuttin' the Cracker for the White Folks: Seraph on the Suwanee.
Responsibility: John Lowe.

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For the writer/anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, humor offered "a way out of no way," helping African American culture survive the harsh realities of life. The humor in Hurston's writing was a vehicle for subversive observations on intolerable conditions, yet it also provided a joyous commentary on the paradoxically creative and exuberant folk culture of an oppressed people. John Lowe explores the comic elements of Hurston's fiction in the first book-length critical study to draw on her entire body of work. Tracing connections between Hurston's life and the cultural, historical, and literary events that affected her, Lowe reveals the sources of her humor and its serious purposes by using social science humor theory, American studies, feminist theory, Bakhtin, and close readings of Hurston's fiction, nonfiction, manuscripts, and letters. Lowe also shows how Hurston balanced her levity with a resonant cosmic language drawn largely from African and African American religious imagery.

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