The events of Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston depict characters who, through subversive approaches to storytelling and meaning-making, refute the stereotypes attributed to them by oppressive sociopolitical systems. Whether the story extends through families and generations in China or simply from one friend to another on a porch in Eatonville, Florida, the story complicates listeners’ initial assumptions about individual and cultural mechanisms.
Perry, Hannah, "Stories to the Remote Reader: Shaping Cultural Narratives in "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" and "Their Eyes Were Watching God"" (2018). English Department: Student Scholarship. 1.