Hurston, Zora Neale: Further Reading

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Cairney, Paul. "Writings about Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: 1987-1993." Bulletin of Bibliography 52, no. 2 (June 1995): 121-32.

Provides a listing of material about Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Dance, Daryl C. "Zora Neale Hurston." In American Women Writers: Bibliographical Essays, edited by Maurice Duke, Jackson R. Bryer, and M. Thomas Inge, pp. 321-51. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1983.

A bibliography about Hurston and her life and work.

Davis, Rose Parkman. Zora Neale Hurston: An Annotated Bibliography and Reference Guide. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1997, 224 p.

A listing of critical commentary and books about Hurston.

Glasrud, Bruce A., and Laurie Champion. "Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)." In American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Biographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Laurie Champion and Emmanuel S. Nelson, pp. 162-72. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2000.

Details sources on Hurston's life and work.


Boyd, Valerie. Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Scribner, 2003, 527 p.

A highly regarded biography focusing on details about both Hurston's life and writing, examining her politics and love interests in the context of the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Hemenway, Robert E. Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1980, 371 p.

Traces Hurston's life and work and addresses conflicting or inaccurate information from her autobiography.


Anokye, Akua Duku. "Private Thoughts, Public Voices: Letters from Zora Neale Hurston." Women: A Cultural Review 7, no. 2 (autumn 1996): 150-59.

Provides a new perspective on Hurston's relationship with her white patrons by looking at some of Hurston's correspondence.

Awkward, Michael. New Essays on "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, 129 p.

Contains critical commentary about Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Benesch, Klaus. "Oral Narrative and Literary Text: Afro-American Folklore in Their Eyes Were Watching God." Callaloo 11 (1988): 627-35.

Assesses the relationship between Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and African American folklore.

Bethel, Lorraine. "'This Infinity of Conscious Pain': Zora Neale Hurston and the Black Female Literary Tradition." In All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women's Studies, edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott, and Barbara Scott, pp. 176-88. Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1982.

Discusses Hurston's place in the canon of African American female literary tradition.

Bloom, Harold. Zora Neale Hurston: Modern Critical Views, edited by Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea, 1986, 222 p.

Offers a variety of critical perspectives on Hurston's work.

——. Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God," edited by Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea, 1987, 231 p.

Presents critical commentary about Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Bordelon, Pam. "New Tracks on Dust Tracks: Toward a Reassessment of the Life of Zora Neale Hurston." African American Review 35, no. 5 (1997): 5-21.

Provides a close reading of Hurston's autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road.

Boxwell, D. A. "'Sis Cat' as Ethnographer: Self-Presentation and Self-Inscription in Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and Men." African American Review 26 (1992): 605-15.

Analyzes Hurston's Mules and Men.

Byrd, James W. "Zora Neale Hurston: A Novel Folklorist." Tennessee Folklore Bulletin 21 (1955): 37-41.

Discusses the importance of folklore in Hurston's work.

Caron, Timothy P. "'Tell Ole Pharoah to Let My People Go': Communal Deliverance in Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain." Southern Quarterly 36, no. 3 (1998): 47-60.

Examines Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain.

Cooper, Ian. "Zora Neale Hurston Was Always a Southerner Too." In The Female Tradition in Southern Literature, edited by Carol S. Manning, pp. 57-69. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Explores Hurston's work as part of the tradition of southern literature.

Crabtree, Claire. "The Confluence of Folklore, Feminism, and Black Self-Determination in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God." Southern Literary Journal 17, no. 2 (1985): 54-66.

Evaluates Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, focusing on such issues as folklore, feminism, and black identity.

Gates Jr., Henry Louis. "Zora Neale Hurston and the Speakerly Text." In The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism, pp. 170-216. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Analyzes Hurston's writing style.

Jordan, Jennifer. "Feminist Fantasies: Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 7 (1988): 105-17.

Offers a feminist reading of Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Krasner, James N. "The Life of Women: Zora Neale Hurston and Female Autobiography." Black American Literature Forum 23 (1989): 113-26.

Discusses Hurston's autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road.

Lurie, Susan. "Antiracist Rhetorics and the Female Subject: The Trials of Zora Neale Hurston." In Unsettled Subjects: Restoring Feminist Politics to Poststructuralist Critique, pp. 44-77. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1997.

Analyzes Hurston's relationship to black feminist politics and her attempt to create an antiracist discourse that does not undermine black feminism.

Menefee, Samuel Pyeatt. "Zora Neale Hurston 1891-1960." In Women and Tradition: A Neglected Group of Folklorists, edited by Carmen Blacker and Hilda Ellis Davidson, pp. 159-72. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2000.

Addresses Hurston's relationship with folklore throughout her life and career.

Meisenhelder, Susan. "False Gods and Black Goddesses in Naylor's Mama Day and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God." Callaloo 23, no. 4 (fall 2000): 1440-48.

Asserts that Gloria Naylor drew on Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God in her novel Mama Day, and delineates the similarities between the two texts.

——. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Race and Gender in the Work of Zora Neale Hurston. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999, 253 p.

Explores issues of race and gender in Hurston's work.

Oxindine, Annette. "Pear Trees beyond Eden: Women's Knowing Reconfigured in Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. "In Approaches to Teaching Woolf's "To the Lighthouse," edited by Beth Rigel Daugherty and Mary Beth Pringle, pp. 163-68. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2001.

Compares Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse to Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God to show how both authors use the sensual inner lives of their female protagonists to subvert the patriarchal order of the male characters.

Plant, Deborah. Every Tub Must Sit on Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995, 214 p.

Contains essays tracing Hurston's beliefs through her work.

Powers, Peter Kerry. "Gods of Physical Violence, Stopping at Nothing: Masculinity, Religion, and Art in the Work of Zora Neale Hurston." Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 12, no. 2 (summer 2002): 229-47.

Examines Hurston's contribution, as a major writer of the Harlem Renaissance, to the discourse on gender, race, and religion.

Wall, Cheryl A. "Mules and Men and Women: Zora Neale Hurston's Strategies of Narration and Visions of Female Empowerment." Black American Literature Forum 23 (1989): 661-80.

Discusses Hurston's treatment of women in Mules and Men.

Walters, Keith. "'He Can Read My Writing but He Sho' Can't Read My Mind': Zora Neale Hurston's Revenge in Mules and Men." Journal of American Folklore 112, no. 445 (summer 1999): 343-71.

Traces the history of Mules and Men and provides a close analysis of the book's opening and closing tales.


Additional coverage of Hurston's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: African American Writers, Eds. 1, 2; American Writers Supplement, Vol. 6; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 15; Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vol. 12; Black Literature Criticism; Black Writers, Eds. 1, 3; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography Supplement; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 85-88; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 61; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 7, 30, 61; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 51, 86; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-studied Authors, Multicultural, and Novelists; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Drama Criticism, Vol. 12; Drama for Students, Vol. 6; Encyclopedia of World Literaturein the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Exploring Novels; Exploring Short Stories; Feminist Writers; Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion; Literary Movements for Students, Vol. 2; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 3; Literature and Its Times Supplement, Ed. 1; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Modern American Women Writers; Novels for Students, Vol. 3; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers; Short Stories for Students, Vols. 1, 6, 11; Short Story Criticism, Vol. 4; Twayne's United States Authors; Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vols. 121, 131; and World Literature Criticism Supplement.

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