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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 4
First page : ( 759) Last page : ( 762)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00127.4

Harbingering Feminism in Harlem Renaissance: Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

Babu Lakshmi K.*

Assistant Professor on Contract, Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha, Kerala

*Corresponding Author Email: lakshmi_75757@yahoo.co.in

Online published on 30 January, 2019.

Abstract

The paper attempts to comprehend the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God in the context of the Harlem Renaissance and how the central character, Janie carved out an unconventional existence for women in fiction in 1937. The character of Janie is an emblem of The New Woman, a precursor to feminist insurrection that demanded a respectful space for women against the hegemony of patriarchy and racism. The paper aims to establish that the Janie breaks the epistemological ceiling of the Black American existence with her insatiable desire for freedom. With its title the novel breaks the traditional and ideological gaze of the white male dominated society. The work embodies a shift in the perspective of the representation of feminine characteristics in Black American literature.

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Keywords

Harlem Renaissance, The New Woman, gender and racial hegemony, black aestheticssouthern dialect, gaze.

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