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The American South and the Atlantic World$
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Brian Ward, Martyn Bone, and William A. Link

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044378

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044378.001.0001

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Whose “Folk” Are They Anyway?

Whose “Folk” Are They Anyway?

Zora Neale Hurston and Lady Augusta Gregory in the Atlantic World

(p.195) 9 Whose “Folk” Are They Anyway?
The American South and the Atlantic World

Kathleen M. Gough

University Press of Florida

Drawing on insights from gender and performance studies, this chapter uses the careers and writings of Florida’s Zora Neale Hurston and Ireland’s Lady Augusta Gregory to examine the creation of both Black and Green Atlantics. By exploring their work and subsequent public reputations, it reveals how powerful notions of Irish and black, especially southern black, identity have been generated, disseminated, and redeployed around the Atlantic World, often with recourse to similar invocations of agrarianism, religiosity, and resistance (cultural and political) to oppression. The chapter also offers a pointed critique of the tendency to ignore or marginalize women in much Atlantic Studies.

Keywords:   US South, Atlantic World, Black Atlantic, Green Atlantic, Atlantic Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, folklore, Zora Neale Hurston, Lady Augusta Gregory

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