Literature: Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker with Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells

Ref: C3532604

This course will explore two significant novels of the Twentieth century by two important African American Women writers. Both texts will be read with their historical and social context in mind. Beginning with Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) we will explore issues related to gender and racial identity. This novel greatly inspired Alice Walker and we will read her text The Color Purple (1982), considered controversial at the time of publication due to the issues raised regarding African American male and female identity.

Course aim

To explore the writing of two African American writers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Approach literary texts in a critical way.
  • Trace connections between the two set texts.
  • Consider the significance of historical and social context on the work of Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker.
  • Discuss representations of African American identity in the set texts.
  • Participate in group discussion.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

We will be reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. You may wish to begin reading these texts before the course begins.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Literature: Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker with Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells

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