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  1. Feb 2019
    1. The cosmic Zora emerges. I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads.

      Surprising echo of Emerson's "Nature" here, no?

    2. Music. The great blobs of purple and red emotion have not touched him. He has only heard what I felt. He is far away and I see him but dimly across the ocean and the continent that have fallen between us. He is so pale with his whiteness then and I am so colored.

      Pathological whiteness. There's a hilarious moment in Kiese Laymon's recent Heavy, in which Laymon's college friend, noticing his being depressed, counsels him not to take antidepressants. He tells Laymon that he took them and "felt like a white dude" until he quit.

    3. I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.

      Spoiler alert, but we'll see Claudia Rankine chew on this line later in the term.

    4. The position of my white neighbor is much more difficult. No brown specter pulls up a chair beside me when I sit down to eat. No dark ghost thrusts its leg against mine in bed. The game of keeping what one has is never so exciting as the game of getting.

      What's ZNH getting at here? What claim is she making about whiteness and the problems of "possessing" it, in the words of George Lipsitz?

    5. Slavery is sixty years in the past.

      Now that chattel slavery is about 150 years in the past, how does this passage read? Where does this idea place Hurston in political terms?

    6. I do not be long to the sobbing school of Negrohood

      How is Hurston positioning herself in cultural terms here? What does she mean by the "sobbing school"? Can you think of an example?

    7. I was not Zora of Orange County any more, I was now a little colored girl. I found it out in certain ways. In my heart as well as in the mirror, I became a fast brown–warranted not to rub nor run.

      What does she mean that she "was not Zora" in Jacksonville? How does this relate to her claims of being "owned" by Eatonville in the prior paragraph?

    8. I remember the very day that I became colored.

      Compare to Du Bois's parallel but very different account.

    9. got just as much pleasure out of the tourists as the tourists got out of the village.

      Very different perspective on the gaze v look problem Du Bois wrestles with.