Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat”: An Ecofeminist Master’s Class in Symbolism and Dialect

  Though Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat” is only 4743 words long (about 15 pages), the scope of the work reaches farther than most novels.  Within this small space, Hurston addresses a number of themes, such as the trials of femininity, which she explores with compelling and efficient symbolism.  This is woven together with an ecocritical/ecofeminist […]

Racism, Colourism, Feminism, and Womanism in Toni Morrison’s Paradise

    Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 for her novel Beloved, and would go onto win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993.  Her work encompasses a broad range of topics including notions of perceived, race, gender, and class.  Morrison’s 1997 novel Paradise exemplifies this diverse range of topics.  In […]

Marlene NourbeSe Philip’s She Tries Her Tongue: Illuminating Shadows

I am not a huge reader of contemporary poetry because I find that in many instances, the various form or formlessness that poets embrace, coupled with their language is personal by nature.  It is perhaps cathartic for them, but there is not always an entry point into such work for a reader that doesn’t have […]

Their Eyes Were Watching God: An Ecowomanist Ruling On Kyriarchy

In her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, struggles with several different systems of oppression, but ultimately achieves an autonomy that most from her station in life could hope for.  It is how Crawford achieves this autonomy that is the crux of the novel.  Mary Jane Lupton suggests Hurston’s […]