The Relationship Between Women And Nature In Hurston's Their Eyes

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Like other Southern women authors of the early twentieth century, Hurston does not categorically reject the association of women and nature, but reconstructs that bond as empowering and active in contrast to the passive identification with the tamed nature of the pastoral garden. In Their Eyes , one important way that Hurston counters the pastoral ideal of the middle landscape is by incorporating elements of Afro-Caribbean Voodoo that undermine the initial separation of humans and nature on which the pastoral myth depends. Replacing the polarized categories of culture/nature, male/female, and subject/object with a more fluid, relative, and interdependent model, Hurston envisions a more egalitarian society of communal values free from the ideology of dominance that characterizes the masculine gaze on a feminized landscape of the male pastoral tradition. She also suggests in her best-known novel that the acquisitive values of white-dominated society fosters an alienating conception of nature as something distinctly “other” estranging people from a natural world regarded as little more than an amalgamation of commodities.…show more content…
No one can deny that Hurston creates a “working class pastoral” that appropriates many traditional pastoral elements while it also reconceived relationships between humans and nature as (potentially) mutually
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