Haurykiewicz, "From Mules to
Muliebrity: Speech and Silence in Their
Were Watching God"
- What is Haurykiewicz's thesis?
Where can it be found?
- What parallels does Haurykiewicz make between African-Americans
- How does Hurston define folklore?
- In what way, according to Haurykiewicz, is the transformation
described at the beginning of Their
Eyes not completely positive?
- Why, according to Haurykiewicz, does Janie treasure the
town's mule talk?
- How, according to Haurykiewicz, is Janie's selling goods in
the store ironic?
- Explain Haurykiewicz's conception of Janie's
- Do you agree with Haurykiewicz's claim that Janie mocks Joe
with her speech about mules and Lincoln? Explain.
- How, according to Haurykiewicz, is Janie's standing in the
doorway of the store symbolic?
- Why, according to Haurykiewicz, do mule references disappear in the last
half of the novel?
- What is the significance of
providing Janie's full name in the introduction?
- What according to, Haurykiewicz,
might the sexual sterility of mules represent?
- Explain: "[T]he first site of
mule imagery in Their Eyes Were
Watching God is communal in nature" (50).
- What questions does Nanny'
"sermon" raise for Haurykiewicz?