4-Week: Reading as a Writer—Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zoom)

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In the beginning of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, we find young Janie lying supine beneath a flowering pear tree. By the novel’s end, she is very much on her feet, “pulling in the horizon like a great fish-net.” Hurston’s powerful depiction of liberation, rebirth, and transcendence has, over the years, come to be seen as one of the great American novels of the 20th century. In this course, we’ll look closely at Hurston’s masterpiece in order to figure out what lessons this short novel can teach contemporary writers. We’ll examine its structure and character arc. We’ll study the book’s incredibly lyrical diction and syntax. We’ll consider how Hurston uses setting to express her characters' internal lives and conflicts. We’ll grapple with the book’s thematic concerns—its investigation of gender and self and community. And we’ll ask ourselves how all of these questions, techniques, and considerations can inform and enhance our own writing.

Required Text:
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Instructor: Dino Enrique Piacentini Learn More


Sep 15, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmSep 22, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmSep 29, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmOct 06, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm