The acceptance of community and sexuality in Quicksand and Their eyes were watching God.
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SubjectAfrican American women in literature.; African Americans in literature.; Race relations in literature.; Sex role in literature.; Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.; Hurston, Zora Neale -- criticism and interpretation.; Larsen, Nella -- criticism and interpretation.
This study describes how Nella Larson in her 1928 novel Quicksand and Zora Neale Hurston wrote in opposition to the dominant stereotypes and repressive discourses regarding black women. Both authors used different techniques to write in opposition to the ignorance surrounding the black female community by informing readers what it means to be black - or mulatta - women by advocating for a better way of life for black women, one free of stereotyping, violence, exploitation, and hatred. Both authors employ race and class in their novels in order to demonstrate the unseen struggle that millions of African Americans endured; they also showed readers how, by truly uniting as one force, the black community could lead better lives than the ones forced upon them by the dominant white society.
vi, 39 leaves : ill.