Zora Neale Hurston wrote her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, while in Haiti on a trip funded by a Guggenheim fellowship to research the regionas transatlantic folk and religious culture; this work grounded what would become her ethnography Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica. The essays in Zora Neale Hurston, Haiti, and aTheir Eyes Were Watching Goda persuasively demonstrate that Hurstonas study of Haitian Voudoun informed the characterization, plotting, symbolism, and theme of her novel. Much in the way that Voudoun and its North American derivative Voodoo are syncretic religions, Hurstonas fiction enacts a syncretic, performative practice of reference, freely drawing upon Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, and Haitian Voudoun mythologies for its political, aesthetic, and philosophical underpinnings. Zora Neale Hurston, Haiti, and aTheir Eyes Were Watching Goda connects Hurstonas work more firmly to the cultural and religious flows of the African diaspora and to the literary practice by twentieth-century American writers of subscripting in their fictional texts symbols and beliefs drawn from West and Central African religions.3 Vodou Imagery, African American Tradition, and Cultural Transformation in Zora Neale Hurstona#39;s Their Eyes Were Watching God DAPHNE LAMOTHE Zora Neale ... Most acknowledge Hurstona#39;s interest in Haitian Vodou, but their analyses of the impact of this belief system on her work ... A notable exception is Ellease Southerlanda#39;s essay, aThe Influence of Voodoo on the Fiction of Zora Neale Hurston, aanbsp;...
|Title||:||Zora Neale Hurston, Haiti, and Their Eyes Were Watching God|
|Author||:||La Vinia Delois Jennings|
|Publisher||:||Northwestern University Press - 2013-08-31|