"The Inside Light": New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston

"The Inside Light": New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston

"The Inside Light": New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston

"The Inside Light": New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston


This exploration of Zora Neale Hurston's life and work draws on a wealth of newly discovered information and manuscripts that bring new dimensions of her writing to light.

• 20 critical essays cover the full scope of Zora Neale Hurston's writing

• Includes the work of 22 distinguished authors- both established and emerging Hurston scholars drawing on important recent research and discoveries


Deborah G. Plant

This volume of critical essays brings Zora Neale Hurston fully into the 21st century. As it expands on the body of existing knowledge and critical analyses of the work of this author, it highlights posthumously published works that bring new insights, perspectives, and interpretations of previously published works. Some of the authors herein are distinguished scholars of Hurston’s work. Some are new voices. As this volume introduces those whom will be numbered among the new generation of Hurston scholars, its objective is also to introduce Hurston to a new generation of readers.

As indicated by the thousands of Hurston festival attendees, the selection of Their Eyes Were Watching God as one of the “Big Read” books of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the television movie production of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” the interest in the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston is not only phenomenal, but promises to be enduring. This volume, therefore, aspires to contribute to the continuation of the Hurston legacy.

In the last ten years, there has been a phenomenal resurgence of scholarly and popular interest in the life and work of anthropologist and writer Zora Neale Hurston. The posthumous publications of Hurston’s folklore manuscripts, letters, poetry, plays, and dramatic works offer scholars and lay readers a more in-depth look into the mind and heart of this writer whom Alice Walker described as “a Genius of the South.” In 1999, Pamela Bordelon edited Go Gator and Muddy the Water: Writings by Zora Neale Hurston, From the Federal Writers’ Project;Carla Kaplan edited Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the . . .

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