The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

WOODSON INSTITUTE MARKS 75 YEARS OF ‘THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD’

UVA TODAY: WOODSON INSTITUTE MARKS 75 YEARS OF ‘THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD’

University of Virginia English professor Deborah McDowell was in graduate school when she first read Zora Neale Hurston. Women on college campuses and in living rooms in the mid-1970s were passing around out-of-print, dog-eared copies of her books, especially “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”  

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