Zora Neale Hurston: An Annotated Bibliography and Reference Guide

Zora Neale Hurston: An Annotated Bibliography and Reference Guide

Zora Neale Hurston: An Annotated Bibliography and Reference Guide

Zora Neale Hurston: An Annotated Bibliography and Reference Guide

Synopsis

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is one of 20th-century America's foremost fiction and folklore writers. Though she was criticized by some of her contemporaries, including Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, her works are now frequently taught in literature courses and are widely admired for their style and substance. This reference book is a comprehensive guide to the large body of work written about her in the last 75 years. Included are annotated entries for books, dissertations, and theses written about Hurston's life and literary career. The volume also looks at hundreds of articles, book chapters, conference papers, reviews, children's books, and web sites. The bibliography additionally points the reader to guides and biographical sources and to anthologies where her works are collected. Finally, an exhaustive list of works by Hurston is provided, along with a catalog of the special collections where her manuscripts, correspondence, and ephemera are stored.

Excerpt

In the last two decades, a revival of interest in Zora Neale Hurston and an unrelenting reexamination of her writings have made Hurston an "industry" in herself. The scholarship generated about her and the re-release of all her primary works mean she is a force to be reckoned with in the academic and publishing worlds.

Several generations of scholars ignored Zora Neale Hurston, and the "revival" and renewed interest in her work as a folklorist, anthro-pologist, dramatist, and writer of fiction have been overwhelming. From Henry Louis Gates, Jr., at Harvard University to students at Coe College writing honors theses, Hurston is garnering a following that seems to have no end in sight. More than one hundred and seventy dissertations and theses have included Hurston. In 1995 alone, sixteen dissertations were completed using Hurston as one of the central literary figures, and several book-length works about Hurston are forthcoming in 1997 and 1998. Her works are included in many new and updated anthologies, and numerous World Wide Web sites are devoted to her writing and works about her life and career.

This project on Zora Neale Hurston began in 1989 to meet the requirements for a graduate course in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. Students had to design a computer database, and I chose Zora Neale Hurston because her works had not been assigned in any of my undergraduate or graduate literature classes in the late 1960s. My interest in Hurston grew as a result of this assignment, and each year I updated my database and read additional works . . .

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