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The power of the porch : the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan

Author: Trudier Harris
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©1996.
Series: Mercer University Lamar memorial lectures, no. 39.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In ways that are highly individual, says Harris, yet still within a shared oral tradition, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan skillfully use storytelling techniques to define their audiences, reach out and draw them in, and fill them with anticipation. Considering how such dynamics come into play in Hurston's Mules and Men, Naylor's Mama Day, and Kenan's Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Harris shows  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Folklore
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Named Person: Zora Neale Hurston; Gloria Naylor; Randall Kenan; Gloria Naylor; Zora Neale Hurston; Gloria Naylor; Randall Kenan; Zora Neale Hurston; Randall Kenan; Gloria Naylor; Gloria Naylor; Randall Kenan; Zora Neale Hurston; Gloria Naylor; Randall Kenan; Zora Neale Hurston; Zora Neale Hurston; Randall Kenan; Gloria Naylor
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Trudier Harris
ISBN: 0820318574 9780820318578
OCLC Number: 34192841
Description: xiv, 152 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Performing personae and Southern hospitality: Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and men --
The eye as voice and ear: African Southern orality and folklore in Gloria Naylor's Mama day --
Southern voices, Southern tales: Randall Kenan's "Clarence and the dead."
Series Title: Mercer University Lamar memorial lectures, no. 39.
Responsibility: Trudier Harris.

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This text examines the power of the front porch storytelling techniques, celebrating the oral tradition of the Black American South. It focuses on three contemporary southern writers, whom the author  Read more...

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