Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston

Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston is today recognized as a major contributor to the Harlem Renaissance literature of the 1920s and American modernist literature. Hurston’s most important works, published in the 1930s, emerge from her interest in African American oral and vernacular culture, represented in her most studied publications Mules and Men (1935) and Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Hurston's interest in preserving the culture of the black South remains among her most valuable contributions. Not only did she collect and preserve folklore outright, she also used folklore, native drama, and the black idiom and dialect in most of her fiction.

Edited by Sharon L. Jones, Professor of English, Wright State University, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents original essays on Hurston’s major works of fiction as well as explorations of her ethnographic nonfiction and her letters. For readers who are studying Hurston for the first time, a biographical sketch relates the details of her life. Critical Contexts essays survey the critical reception of her work, explore its cultural and historical contexts, situate Hurston among her contemporaries, and review key themes in her work. Critical readings include her texts Seraph on the Suwanee, Mules and Men, Dust on the Tracks of the Road, and her major work, Their Eyes Were Watching God. In addition, essays turn toward works sure to be of interest, including her children’s stories and her correspondence with Langston Hughes. Rounding out the volume are a chronology of Huston’s life and a list of her principal publications as well as a bibliography for readers seeking to study this fascinating author in greater depth.

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Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority

Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston

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