The Significance of the Body in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Cixousian Reading

Iran Zamani

Abstract


The purpose of the current paper is studying Zora Neale Hurston's masterpiece in the light of the post-structuralist feminist theories of the French philosopher, writer and critic Hélène Cixous. The article aims at scrutinizing the concept of body which is an integral part of écriture féminine. In order to accomplish this investigation, the researcher attempts to present manifestations of corporeality through the course of the selected novel which is Their Eyes Were Watching God. The fact that Hurston's involvement in adapting the notion of corporeality is evident to the point that some scholars approve of her obsession with the mentioned issue may serve as a proof of the fruitfulness of this research. The present article encompasses examining Hurston's attitude toward the selected concept, working with the selected text and taking the female characters and their deeds under consideration in order to grasp the desirable result.

 


Keywords


Zora Neale Hurston, Hélène Cixous, Their Eyes Were Watching God, écriture féminine, body, corporeality

Full Text:

PDF

References


Beneš, J. (2011). Discourse on sexuality in the works of Zora Neale Hurston. Dissertation. Masaryk University. Available from Masaryk University Information System. Retrieved from http:/www./th/179234/ff_m/.

Cixous, H. (1976). The laugh of the medusa. Signs, 1, 875-893.

Cixous, H. (1988). Sorties. In Cixous, H. & Clément, C. (2nd ed), The newly born woman (pp. 63-130). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Eagleton, M. (1996). Working with feminist criticism. (pp. 172-178). Oxford: Blackwell and Wiley Publishers.

Heffernan, V. (2005). A woman on a quest, via Hurston and Oprah. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://tv.nytimes.com/2005/03/04/arts/television/04heff. html?n=Top/Reference/Times Topics/People/H/Hurston, Zora Neale&_r=0

Hurston, Z. N. (1996). Dust tracks on a road. (p. 151). New York: Harper Perennial.

Hurston, Z. N. (2006). Their eyes were watching God. New York: Harper Perennial Classics.

Irigaray, L. (1985). The sex which is not one. New York: Cornell University Press.

Jordan, J. (1988). Feminist fantasies: Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 7(1), 105-117.

Kaplan, C. (1996). The erotics of talk; women's writings and feminist paradigms. (1st ed). New York: Oxford University Press.

Kaplan, C. (2003). Zora Neale Hurston: A life in letters. New York: First Anchor Books Editions.

King, L. (2008). The Cambridge introduction to Zora Neale Hurston. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kubitschek, M. D. (1983). "tuh the horizon and back": The female quest in their eyes were watching God. Black American Literature Forum, 2(29), 109-115.

McGlammery, T. (2004). Protest and body in Melville, Dos passos, and Hurston. (pp. 91-123). New York: Routledge.

Smith, Z. (2009). Changing my mind: Occasional essays. New York: The Penguin Press.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.2n.4p.240

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

2012-2021 (CC-BY) Australian International Academic Centre PTY.LTD

International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the journal emails into your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.