Assessment InstructionsAssessment 2 – Written Assignment This task in compulsoryAssessment InstructionsIn Assignment 1, you have looked at the concepts in Module 1 and applied them to an issue that has an….
What It Means to Be Colored Me” and “The Gilded Six Bits” by Zora Neale Hurston
Read “What It Means to Be Colored Me” and “The Gilded Six Bits” by Zora Neale Hurston and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes.
Consider our in-class discussion of the New York Times review by Zinzi Clemmons, “The Complex Literary Friendship Between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston” and excerpts from Hurston’s August 11, 1955 “Letter to the Orlando Sentinel.”
Some critics say of “The Gilded Six Bits” that Hurston “steers very close, perhaps dangerously so, to certain stereotypes that have been widely exploited over the years.” Indeed, both Hurston and Hughes have been similarly criticized for this strain in their work. Clemmons writes that Hurston and Hughes’s “delight in the concept of blackness could occasionally veer into the exploitative, sometimes propagating negative stereotypes of black people.”
Do you agree? (What or where are the stereotypes the critics are referring to? What is Hurston doing with them? Playing along with them? Subverting them? Correcting them?)