Thursday, May 17, 2012

Zora Neale Hurston Revisited: A Collection of HBW Posts on Hurston

[By Kenton Rambsy]

Zora Neale Hurston existed in obscurity for years after her death with very few people doing extensive scholarship on her work. When Alice Walker published her 1975 article “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston,” she helped to revive interest in the late writer.

In 1978, her now famed novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, was reissued. With the emergence of Black Studies programs and feminist movements across the country, Hurston got a second life with many of the thematic aspects of her work making black feminist scholars take note of her work and claim her as a symbol for their movement. Today, across many college classes, Hurston is revered and apart of the cannon of African American and American literature.

The HBW has used Hurston as a focal point of many entries over the past year. Her work as a novelist and short story writer and her early attempts at writing in African American Vernacular English make her a versatile and innovative author.

Below, I have compiled a list of entries concerning Hurston.

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