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Unformatted text preview: Thomas 1 Curtis Thomas Freshman Composition 02 Ms. Thompson 8 March 2010 Negro Expression Reflected in Their Eyes Were Watching God In "Characteristics of Negro Expression", Hurston acts as a type of cultural intermediary asserting that through her research, experience and participation in Southerner black folk culture, she has the authority to transcribe the nuances of black folk speech. From her discussion of the dramatic nature of the Negro's inherent universal mimicry of life through speech to her effort to describe the nature of folklore, Hurston returns to her audience with cultural artifacts such as the meaning of "jook" or her take on the Negro's originality as proof of her ability to describe the characteristics, not the strictures of Negro expression. Rather than to hold to a sharp logic about this expression, Hurston's documentary work on black folk culture is essentially a work of translation, and as such is momentarily interpreted, not mechanically regimented to capture the...
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- Spring '10
- Their Eyes Were Watching God