Discussion Questions for Monday (3/23)

How can we compare Hurston in Mules and Men to Synge in the Aran Islands and Joel Chandler Harris in the Uncle Remus stories? Are they after the same goal? Do they approach their goal the same way? Do they achieve the same thing?

Is Mules and Men a work of minstrelsy, specifically thinking about the dialect?

How does Mules and Men relate to the Harlem Renaissance? Is Hurston working within the New Negro ideology or doing something entirely different?

What do you make of the way Christianity is treated in Mules and Men and Characteristics of Negro Expression (p. 27)?