Dr Fatin Khurshid will underline the miraculous creation of camels, while Dr Amena Siddiq will focus on the scientific miracle of the gourd vine
which Allah grew for Prophet Jonah (PBUH) after he was rescued from the darkness of the whale's belly.
They use various critical approaches, from mobility studies to linguistics and analysis of letters, to consider well-known works anew and examine lesser-known works for the first time, including Dust Tracks on a Road, Jonah's Gourd Vine
, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Seraph on the Suwanee, Tell My Horse, "Drenched in Light," Mules and Men, Mule Bone, her letters and short stories, her autobiography and journalism, and her contributions to folklore studies.
She also published three novels in the 1930s: Jonah's Gourd Vine
, Their Eyes Were Watching God (her most famous work, written when she was in Haiti), and Moses, Man of the Mountain.
In the section on Jonah's Gourd Vine
, King identifies the narrator (John Buddy Pearson) as an independent man on a "journey toward self-knowledge," following the traditional Bildungsroman format of a coming-of-age story (King 37).
There in the early 1930s, Hurston encountered the paternal grandparents of historian John Bracey during her creation of Jonah's Gourd Vine
For example, the founding of Eatonville is fore-grounded in one of the chapters, and Patterson shows just how cleverly disguised Hurston's accounts are of that event, particularly those found in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Jonah's Gourd Vine
For example, Meisenhelder's insightful chapters on Jonah's Gourd Vine
and Seraph on the Suwanee argue that Hurston subtly associates the ostensibly secondary female protagonists in these novels with the withered gourd vine
and wispy seraph of the titles to suggest that women are often victimized by their roles within conventional narratives of masculine self-assertion.
Among the rare treasures--stored in climate-controlled archives--are a history of Africa written in the 16th century (the oldest book in the collection), the original handwritten manuscripts of Richard Wright's Native Son and Zora Neale Hurston's first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine
For example, in Jonah's Gourd Vine
, the dualism of the black preacher emphasizes his cosmic and comic dimensions.
Her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine
(1934), was well received though some critics considered it uneven.
Her novels are Jonah's Gourd Vine
(1934), the story of a black preacher who owes his reputation largely to the wife he treats badly; Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), often cited as the first black feminist novel of the 20th century for its female protagonist's conscious development from girlhood through liberated womanhood; Moses Man of the Mountain (1941), a critique of philosophical and political meanings of freedom and black leadership, patterned on the biblical exodus from Egypt; and Seraph on the Suwanee (1948), a story of poor rural whites.
Novels like Jonah's Gourd Vine
(1934), about a black preacher, and Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), about the three marriages of a beautiful quadroon, were original and earthy stories of the black South.