Their Eyes Were Watching God

Hurston, Zora Neale

Zora Neale Hurston, 1891?–60, African-American writer, b. Notasulga, Ala. She grew up in the pleasant all-black town of Eatonville, Fla. and, moving north, graduated from Barnard College, where she studied with Franz Boas. Her placid childhood and privileged academic background are often cited as major reasons for her work's general lack of stress on racism, a characteristic so unlike such contemporaries as Richard Wright. An anthropologist and folklorist, Hurston collected African-American folktales in the rural South and sympathetically interpreted them in the collections Mules and Men (1935) and Tell My Horse (1938). A third volume of tales, Every Tongue Got to Confess, was discovered in manuscript and published in 2001. Hurston, a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance, was also the author of four novels including Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934) and the influential Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Her plays include the comedy Mule Bone (1931), written in collaboration with her friend Langston Hughes.

See her autobiography (1942); C. Kaplan, ed., Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (2002); biographies by R. E. Hemenway (1977) V. Boyd (2002), and V. L. Moylan (2011); studies by H. Bloom, ed. (1986), S. Glassman and K. L. Seidel (1991), J. Carter-Sigglow (1994), J. Lowe (1994), D. G. Plant (1995), L. M. Hill (1996), G. L. Cronin (1998), A. I. Karanja (1999), S. E. Meisenhelder (1999), and D. Miles (2002).

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Selected full-text books and articles

Understanding Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
Neal A. Lester.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1987
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
Student Companion to Zora Neale Hurston
Josie P. Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)"
"[J]us' Listenin' Tuh You": Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Gospel Impulse
Dubek, Laura.
The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, Fall 2008
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Faith of a (Woman) Writer
Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 32 "Defeating the False God: Janie's Self Determination in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God"
"Some Other Way to Try": From Defiance to Creative Submission in Their Eyes Were Watching God
Miller, Shawn E.
The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1, Fall 2004
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Crossing the Double-Cross: The Practice of Feminist Criticism
Elizabeth A. Meese.
University of North Carolina Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Orality and Textuality in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God"
Discerning Nostalgia in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
McKnight, Maureen.
Southern Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4, Summer 2007
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Legal Narratives of Self-Defense and Self-Effacement in 'Their Eyes Were Watching God.'(Critical Essay)
Korobkin, Laura H.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 31, No. 1, Spring 2003
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"The Kiss of Memory": The Problem of Love in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
Bealer, Tracy L.
African American Review, Vol. 43, No. 2-3, Summer-Fall 2009
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"When De Notion Strikes Me": Body Image, Food, and Desire in Their Eyes Were Watching God
Marquis, Margaret.
The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 2003
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Meditation and Artistry in the Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Peoples, Tim.
The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 2, Winter 2012
"The Hierarchy Itself": Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Sacrifice of Narrative Authority
Simmons, Ryan.
African American Review, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2002
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The Logic of Expenditure in Their Eyes Were Watching God
Haddox, Thomas F.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2001
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"The Porch Couldn't Talk for Looking": Voice and Vision in 'Their Eyes Were Watching God.'(Zora Neale Hurston)(Critical Essay)
Clarke, Deborah.
African American Review, Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 2001
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