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Food, Sex and Courtship in Zora Neale Hurston’s Writings

Food, Sex and Courtship in Zora Neale Hurston’s Writings

Zora Neale Hurston and an unidentified man, 1935, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Zora Neale Hurston and an unidentified man, 1935, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Fred Opie talks at Harvard University in 2012 about Food, Sex, and Courtship In Zora Neale Hurston’s Culinary South. He gave the talk on the occasion of Valentine's Day and discusses the courtship practices in Hurston's Eatonville, Florida at the turn-of-the-century as well as through the observations she made and the stories she collected while doing fieldwork throughout Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and other parts of the South During the Great Depression as a WPA writer. At the center of these practices of course is food. The talk is rooted in what Opie found in researching and writing the book Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies and Simple Pleasures.

Listen to the Podcast: Food Sex, and Courtship In Zora Neale Hurston’s Writings Part 1

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Zora Neale Hurston and the WPA

Fred Opie's New Book! Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution

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Soul, Seasoning, and Sacred Food

America Eats Notes on New Orleans Part 5 Hopping John

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