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The Resource The power of the porch : the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan, Trudier Harris

The power of the porch : the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan, Trudier Harris

Label
The power of the porch : the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan
Title
The power of the porch
Title remainder
the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan
Statement of responsibility
Trudier Harris
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In ways that are highly individual, says Harris, yet still within a shared oral tradition, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan skillfully use storytelling techniques to define their audiences, reach out and draw them in, and fill them with anticipation. Considering how such dynamics come into play in Hurston's Mules and Men, Naylor's Mama Day, and Kenan's Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Harris shows how the "power of the porch" resides in readers as well, who, in giving themselves over to a story, confer it on the writer. Against this background of give and take, anticipation and fulfillment, Harris considers Zora Neale Hurston's special challenges as a black woman writer in the thirties, and how her various roles as an anthropologist, folklorist, and novelist intermingle in her work. In Gloria Naylor's writing, Harris finds particularly satisfying themes and characters. A New York native, Naylor came to a knowledge of the South through her parents and during her stay on the Sea Islands she wrote Mama Day. A southerner by birth, Randall Kenan is particularly adept in getting his readers to accept aspects of African American culture that their rational minds might have wanted to reject. Although Kenan is set apart from Hurston and Naylor by his alliances with a new generation of writers intent upon broaching certain taboo subjects (in his case gay life in small southern towns), Kenan's Tims Creek is as rife with the otherworldly and the fantastic as Hurston's New Orleans and Naylor's Willow Springs
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Harris, Trudier
Dewey number
813/.509896073
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.N4
LC item number
H35 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Mercer University Lamar memorial lectures
Series volume
no. 39
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and folklore
  • American fiction
  • African Americans
  • African American oral tradition
  • African Americans
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • African Americans in literature
  • Storytelling in literature
  • American fiction
  • Literature and folklore
  • Oral tradition
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Naylor, Gloria
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Kenan, Randall
  • Southern States
Label
The power of the porch : the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan, Trudier Harris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-147) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Performing personae and Southern hospitality: Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and men -- The eye as voice and ear: African Southern orality and folklore in Gloria Naylor's Mama day -- Southern voices, Southern tales: Randall Kenan's "Clarence and the dead"
Control code
34192841
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiv, 152 pages
Isbn
9780820318578
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96003461
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The power of the porch : the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan, Trudier Harris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-147) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Performing personae and Southern hospitality: Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and men -- The eye as voice and ear: African Southern orality and folklore in Gloria Naylor's Mama day -- Southern voices, Southern tales: Randall Kenan's "Clarence and the dead"
Control code
34192841
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiv, 152 pages
Isbn
9780820318578
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96003461
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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