Their Eyes Were Watching God: eBooks

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Richard Wright: finds in Hurston's characters America's racist stereotype of its black citizens: "between laughter and tears."

Robert Bone: considers Janie's tragic intensity

Arthur P. Davis suggests that Hurston's portraits of white goodwill seem incredible to many blacks.

Ann L. Rayson: Hurston exemplifies a zest for life.

S. Jay Walker regards Their Eyes Were Watching God as being a sexist work.

Robert E. Hemenway: finds in Janie Crawford a persuasive portrait of a liberated black woman, always aware of her own need for self­-fulfillment and the obstacles it must overcome.

Alice Walker: claims Hurston as precursor and compares her to great black female singers

Maria Tai Wolff: emphasizes Janie's transformative power.

Cyrena Pondrum: judges Tea Cake, Janie's tragic lover to be a properly mythic consort for Hurston's heroine

Karla F.C. Holloway: praises the novel's narrative skill.

Klaus Benesch asserts that Black English is Hurston's linguistic medium.

H.L. Gates Jr., studies the "structure of exchange" in Their Eyes Were Watching God.

John Callahan: discusses the storyteller's voice

Nellie McKay: emphasizes the autobiographical element in the novel

Rachel Blau DuPlessis: sees the books as having the structure of a court trial.

Mary Helen Washington: believes that Their Eyes Were Watching God has helped revised a male­-dominated literary canon

Phillipa Kafka: interprets the novel through aspects of Hurston's life story.

Dolan Hubbard: reads Janie's struggle as a version of the African American church sermon.

Janie's growth in awareness of self is traced by Kimberly Rae Connor.

John Lowe concludes this volume by applying Freud's theory of humor to the comic elements in Their Eyes Were Watching God.