Moses, Man of the Mountain

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Moses, Man of the Mountain is a 1939 novel by African American novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston.[1] The novel rewrites the story of the Book of Exodus of Moses and the Israelites from an Afro-American perspective.[1][2] The novel applies a number of different motifs and themes commonly addressed in African American culture, subverting the Moses story.[2]

Writing in the context of Adolf Hitler's rise to power, critic Mark Christian Thompson describes the novel as critiquing the authoritarian tactics of states, and becomes a metaphor critiquing the premises of National Socialism.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Plot Summaries". Zora Neale Hurston Archive. Center for Humanities and Digital Research, University of Central Florida.
  2. ^ a b Ewing, Adam (2014-01-01). "Lying Up a Nation: Zora Neale Hurston and the Local Uses of Diaspora". Callaloo. 37 (1): 130–147. doi:10.1353/cal.2014.0015. ISSN 1080-6512.
  3. ^ Thompson, Mark Christian (2004-01-01). "National Socialism and Blood-Sacrifice in Zora Neale Hurston's "Moses, Man of the Mountain"". African American Review. 38 (3): 395–415. doi:10.2307/1512442. JSTOR 1512442.

Further reading[edit]

  • Levecq, Christine (1994-01-01). ""Mighty Strange Threads in Her Loom": Laughter and Subversive Heteroglossia in Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain". Texas Studies in Literature and Language. 36 (4): 436–461. JSTOR 40755054.
  • Farebrother, Rachel (2007-09-01). "Moses and nation-building Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain and Edward Said's Freud and the Non-European". Comparative American Studies. 5 (3): 333–356. doi:10.1179/147757007X223990. ISSN 1477-5700.
  • Vásquez, Sam (2012-01-01). "Stiff Words Frighten Poor Folk: Humor, Orality, and Gender in Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain". Stiff Words Frighten Poor Folk: Humor, Orality, and Gender in Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain. New Caribbean Studies. Palgrave Macmillan US. pp. 25–53. doi:10.1057/9781137031389_2. ISBN 978-1-349-43632-3.