Illuminating nature and Gender Trouble in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Sepideh Hozhabrossadat


In this article, the writer tries to map the structures of gender based on physical nature. Their Eyes Were Watching God is partly an objection and Hurston's protest to injustices in terms of gender bias toward Afro-American women of the late 19th and early 20th century. Here, the writer wants to pose a question and finds the answer whether Janie Crawford adheres to the fixed concept of gender or she does question it. Is there any sign in the novel to indicate that she breaks the rule and constructs herself and her identity not according to the structures of power in society but as an autonomous being who is conscious of her gender? This is achieved in terms of nature analysis.



Gender, nature, difference, body, growth, sexuality, fertility, death, birth

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