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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Pat Carr, Lou-Ann Crouthers, James Flynn

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The use of myth in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God has been touched on by a few critics, but the wealth of Hurston's knowledge of different cultures offers readers a number of stories and tales from which to draw possible analogues to her characters. In fact, readers can trace Greek, Roman, Norse, Babylonian, Egyptian, African and African-American mythic elements in her character Tea Cake Woods. Hurston uses these analogues to enrich the characterization and to posit her theories of love and happiness in the modern age.


African American Studies | Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies