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Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Folksy escapism or a feminist novel?
Abenova, Ramina ; Ženíšek, Jakub (advisor) ; Topolovská, Tereza (referee)
This bachelor thesis deals with the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Its aim and main concern is to establish whether the novel is more readily perceived as an example of folksy escapism or a feminist novel by exploring the novel's major topic, such as African American marriage, and additionally discovering the importance of location in the novel. Theoretical part of this thesis provides a short overview of Harlem Renaissance, deals with Hurston's biography and political views, and explores the topic of racial and gender issues within the African American community. The analysis of Hurston's biography presents an important insight to her life and her career as an anthropologist and folklorist that is essential to the in-depth analysis of the novel. The practical part of this thesis seeks to offer an analysis of the novel based on the discoveries in the theoretical part. The first central point of the analysis is the novel's main character, who is presented in the novel and often interpreted as an example of a liberated African American woman. The second central point of the analysis are two main locations and their residents, which set the atmosphere of the novel, and are presented as an insightful probe into the lives of African American people in the early 20th century....

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