AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 002 The World of Zora Neale Hurston
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Possessing one of the most original voices in all of American letters, Zora Neale Hurston lived a life of high adventure, heartbreaking tragedy, and hard fought triumph. Best known today for her classic 1937 novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Hurston was also a pioneering anthropologist and folklorist, playwright, journalist, and a fiercely independent critic of American life. Focusing on her development as a writer, we shall follow Hurston from her childhood in the segregated South, through her participation in the Harlem Renaissance and her work with Franz Boas, to the first stirrings of the Civil Rights era. Special attention will be paid to her groundbreaking fieldwork in the Deep South and the Caribbean in the 1920s and 1930s, during which time she became an initiate of hoodoo priests in New Orleans, documented African folkways in the highlands of Jamaica, and drank in the blues and rough humor of the sawmill camps and jook joints of the Florida scrub. Readings for the course will include a Hurston biography and selections from her writings. Class sessions will feature both lectures and group discussions, while the central writing assignment of the course will be the completion, by each student, of a major research paper.

AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0226065669
The craft of research, Author: Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 3rd ed. 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0940450844
Folklore, Memoirs, & Other Wri, Author: Zora Neale Hurston, Publisher: Library of America
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780061120060
Their Eyes Were Watching Gog, Author: Zora Neale Hurston
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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