D487 - Webinar - The construction of the Black American female heroine in the modern novel: reading Their eyes were watching God, by Zola Neale Hurston (Set text for IGCSE Level Literature 2021/22)

  • Ciclo: 2021
  • Nivel: Distance
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Estado: Terminado
  • Lugar: A distancia
  • Capacitador/es: Patricia Veronica Green

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1 03 May 2021 05:30 PM 07:00 PM


Patricia Veronica Green

Patricia holds a Diploma and a BA (Hons) in English, from the University of London, and a Master in English Studies from the University of Nottingham. For the past thirty years, she has been teaching literature in English, at secondary level for the A/S International Cambridge Certificate of Standard Education and has delivered teacher-training courses for Secondary Language and Literature teachers. She has also delivered summer seminars on Academic Writing at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM). She has been speaker at the International Book Fair held in Buenos Aires in 2016 and 2017, and at the International Conferences of Literature and audio-visual aids in Foreign Languages in 2015 and 2017, and at the International Conference, Writing for Liberty, held at the UNSAM, 2019, where she has participated as panelist and Chair speaker. Currently, she delivers the Seminar on Postmodernism and Literature for the BA in English, at the UNSAM.


IGCSE Teachers and Literature lovers


To introduce the concepts underlying the Coming of Age genre in relation to the construction of the female African American within the context of America’s literary modernism and the Black Harlem Renaissance.
-To explore Hurston’s unique contribution to the movement through an examination of her innovative narrative style and prose, and her aesthetics rich in black American folklore within the social, cultural and material context of the rural South.
-To examine the function of the structural units within the plot and their association with the politics of place, time and identity within the relevance of the elements of the plot and character, as shaped by Austen’s innovative style in the context of the novel’s subgenre and relate them to plot development .
-To develop teachers’ understanding of the relevance of setting or space as a functional device that conveys the author’s ideology and aesthetics related to the construction of identity, subjectivity and agency.
-To present teachers with alternative and varied study guidelines that ensure a thorough examination and exploration of theoretical framework and literary potential of the text.


-Presentation of the historical, social and economic context of xx c America’s rural south within the context of The Black Renaissance Movement and the rebirth of African American art.
- An introduction to the main ideas underlying the Black Harlem Renaissance movement forging the main ideas related to shaping of black identity, the construction of self and the inscription of black culture and politics.

- The influence of Harlem Renaissance in the novel: the importance of the major cultural moment in her writing to communicate her experience of the world regarding the role of women, as agents of transformation and subversion of the restrictive patriarchal power and gender politics in the South.

- Zola Neale Hurston: conflict between the Marxist approach to the movement through Langston Hughes's ideas regarding the works’ fidelity to the negro experience and aesthetics, and the rejection of white literary stereotypes and styles, and the author’s own stylistic approach and voice as an act of resistance to employ art as propaganda.

- The novel as the representation of the exploration of black southern heritage folklorist as the basis for her extensive study of southern black life in her 1937 novel, and the complex class and gender relations which underscored the rural south.


- Introduction to the novel’s context of production and reception. Historical review. - Introduction to main philosophical ideas that stem from the antagonistic positions regards the relations between man, the institutions and society. - Study of the literary concepts that shape the genre’s development associated with the construction and function of the African American heroine. - A textual approach to the novel that integrates on the one hand, an analysis of the relevance of space in relation to plot elements such as setting and character, together with an examination of the thematics of cultural inheritance and the pressure of black American heritage and folklore on the development of plo.. -A critical and practical approach to the novel focused on the identification, appreciation and interpretation of the author’s stylistic force and generic innovation in order to foster critical writing strategies oriented towards the typical format of IGCSE text-based and general questions. -Study guide: participants will be asked to present examples from the text and in- text quotations, from relevant passages in order to fulfill the objectives of the session and to encourage personal response and critical thinking strategies. - Toward the last part of the session, the facilitator will open a space for exchange of ideas, in order to encourage participants to reflect about the importance of the thematics of context and its application in the study of the novel.


Carby, Hazel V. “The Politics of Fiction, Anthropology, and the Folk: Zora Neale Hurston.” Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Casebook. Ed. by Cheryl A. Walls. New York: Oxford Press, 2000. 117-136. Print.
Hurston, Zora Neale Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper, 1990.

Wigley, Mark. “Untitled: The Housing of Gender.” Sexuality and Space. Ed. Beatriz Colomina. New York: Princeton Architectural P, 1992. 327-89.

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