Encourage Diversity + Sparks (15)

I chose an article by the African American Review from Summer 1994 : Re-viewing Their Eyes- New Essays on Their Eyes Were Watching God 

In this article it addresses author reviews of Their Eyes Were Watching God- The Critical Interpretation series. The African American Review talks on the lack of acknowledgement of black women that famous authors didn’t talk about in their reviews. The Re-viewing  addressed the importance of black feminism. They break things down for undergraduate reading, but don’t offer a complete shift in interpretive paradigm. The re-view of the author reviews has encouraged me to read the novel in a sense thats not just historical, but constructive enough that the literary work offers diversity that many works of the time didn’t.


Ch. 6: Pg 64-65.

The first time we see completely how controlling Jon was of Janie.

“This business of the head-rag irked her endlessly. But Jody was set on it. Her hair was NOT going to show in the store. It didn’t seem sensible at all. That was because Joe never told Janie how jealous he was. He never told her how often he had seen the other men figuratively wallowing in it as she went about things in the store. And one night he had

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caught Walter standing behind Janie and brushing the back of his hand back and forth across the loose end of her braid ever so lightly so as to enjoy the feel of it without Janie knowing what he was doing. Joe was at the back of the store and Wal- ter didn’t see him. He felt like rushing forth with the meat knife and chopping off the offending hand. That night he ordered Janie to tie up her hair around the store. That was all. She was there in the store for him to look at, not those others. But he never said things like that. It just wasn’t in him. Take the matter of the yellow mule, for instance.”


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