Discussion facilitator: Josuee H
Discussion: A Night Discussing Zora Neale Hurston, Part II
For Part II, we will read and discuss “Sweat.” As one of Zora Neale Hurston’s most notable short stories, it captures many of the elements which made her writing great: harrowing premises, a dedication to dialect, and the spectre of ever-present Jim Crow racism in the background.
Please find the text of “Sweat” below. You may read the small introduction if you wish:
If you missed last week’s discussion and would like more background information on Zora Neale Hurston, please read the below:
“A Society of One,” by Claudia Roth Pierpont
“How it Feels to be Colored Me,” by Zora Neale Hurston
We hope that you’ll join us for this second part of our discussion of Zora Neale Hurston, itself a part of our larger Intro to the Harlem Renaissance series! No prior knowledge is necessary, simply bring an open mind and be ready to talk literature 🙂
P.S. Please be aware that Hurston’s works deal heavily with issues of racism, sexism, and abuse, among others; it is expected that all participants will have acknowledged the existence of these oppressive frameworks and, with their fellow participants in mind, approach them tactfully. Thank you.