Cover for LOWE: Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston's Cosmic Comedy

Jump at the Sun

Zora Neale Hurston's Cosmic Comedy

"Appreciative of Hurston's 'bodacious' humor, Lowe argues that she is 'a profoundly serious, experimental, subversive, and therefore unsettling artist.' . . . Strongly recommended."-- Choice

"A trailblazing effort, a work that will enrich our understanding of Hurston's fiction."--William R. Nash, The Southern Literary Journal

"The most important book-length contribution to Hurston scholarship since Robert Hemenway published his biography in 1978."--Will Brantley, Contemporary Literature

"Lowe has written what may well be the Hurston book for the years to come."--Werner Sollors, author of The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s

"Lowe's study . . . smartly begins with the assumption that one reason for the stunning popularity of Hurston's work is the verve with which it addresses serious subjects in a comic style."--Cheryl A. Wall, editor of Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women


John Lowe is Warren Professor of English at Louisiana State University. He is the editor of Approaches to Teaching Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Other Works and Louisiana Culture from the Colonial Era to Katrina.

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