“How it Feels to be Colored Me”

How does the author use creative language, image, and metaphor to invent and reinvent herself What rhetorical distancing mechanisms does she use to write about “self” as a subject? What post-memoir subgenre would you assign these to? Choose a specific textual section in which to ground your analysis.

In How It Feels To Be Colored Me, Zora Neale Hurston describes her experience as an African American in the 20th century in the United States. I think it is a combination of coming of  Life writing, age narrative, and personal essay as Zora here describes some of the moments of her childhood as an African American young girl and simultaneously in a very personal way.
I liked how Hurston uses the metaphor of colored bags to describe people.

“For life narrators, by contrast, personal memories are the primary archival source. They may have recourse to other kinds of sources-letters, journals, photographs, conversations-and to their knowledge of a historical moments.” (Reading Autobiography).

Her biography is full of imagery and emotions as she recalls various experiences when she faced racial discrimination and one of them is when she was in college.

Work Cited

Hurston, Zora Neale​” How it feels to be colored me.” AEI Paper & Studies, American Enterprise Institute, 2013. Academic


Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

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