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Another Look: Their Eyes Were Watching God

EVT 482
Oct 24
7:30 pm
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
Status: No Registration Required

The Another Look book club focuses on short classics that have been forgotten, neglected, or overlooked—or may simply not have received the attention they merit. The selected works are short, in order to encourage the involvement of Bay Area readers whose time may be limited. Subscription at anotherlook.stanford.edu is encouraged for regular updates and details on the selected books and events.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
—Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Then, she all but disappeared, finally working in obscurity as a substitute teacher and a maid before her 1960 death in a county welfare home. The folklorist, anthropologist, and writer left behind four novels as well as short stories, plays, and essays. Foremost among them is Their Eyes Were Watching God, the passionate, exuberant tale of a woman’s journey to reclaim herself. The book will be Another Look’s Fall offering.

For thirty years after its 1937 publication, Their Eyes was out of print and attacked for its portrayal of African Americans, when it was remembered at all. By the 1970s, however, it had been rediscovered as a masterpiece. Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker wrote, “There is no book more important to me than this one.”

Following the discussion will be a question-and-answer session with the speakers.

Robert Pogue Harrison
Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, Stanford; Host of “Entitled Opinions” (KZSU radio); Director, Another Look

Aleta Hayes
Lecturer, Contemporary Dance and Performance, Stanford; Dancer; Choreographer; Performer; Founder, Chocolate Heads Movement Band

Tobias Wolff
Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English, Emeritus; Author; Founding Director, Another Look
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