Alice Dunbar-Nelson Analysis


Alexander, Eleanor. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: The Tragic Courtship of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore. New York: New York University Press, 2001. Using diary entries, letters, and autobiographies, examines Dunbar and Moore’s tempestuous relationship.

Hull, Gloria T. Color, Sex, and Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: University of Illinois Press, 1987. Gives one of the most comprehensive analyses of Dunbar-Nelson’s work. Hull theorizes that the emphasis on her poetry caused neglect of her other literary efforts.

Hull, Gloria T. “Researching Alice Dunbar-Nelson: A Personal and Literary Perspective.” In All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave, edited by Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith. Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1982. Explores not only Dunbar-Nelson’s life and work but also her sexual orientation. Hull ponders the appropriateness of including personal information about Dunbar-Nelson in her published research.

Whitlow, Roger. “Alice Dunbar-Nelson: New Orleans Writer.” In Regionalism and the Female Imagination: A Collection of Essays, edited by Emily Toth. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1985. Claims Dunbar-Nelson’s significance lies in her exploration of and writing about the New Orleans area and the ethnic groups living there.