Zora Hurston Neale Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Warren J. Carson (essay date 1991)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: “Hurston as Dramatist: The Florida Connection,” in Zora in Florida, University of Central Florida Press, 1991, pp. 121-29.

[In the following essay, Carson discusses Hurston's early “Florida” plays: Color Struck, The First One, and The Fiery Chariot.]

While a considerable amount of scholarly work exists on the writing career of Zora Neale Hurston, the bulk of it concerns her novels, in particular Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), which is considered by most to be her finest literary achievement. Her other works, including short stories, folklore studies, and the autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road (1942),...

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John Lowe (essay date 1995)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: “From Mule Bones to Funny Bones: The Plays of Zora Neale Hurston,” in The Southern Quarterly, Vol. XXXIII, Nos. 2-3, Winter-Spring, 1995, pp. 65-78.

[In the following essay, Lowe studies Hurston's dramatic works and the difficulties she experienced getting them into production.]

Zora Neale Hurston has recently been rescued from literary oblivion and installed as a major figure in the American literary canon. Her stature thus far, however, has stemmed from her success as a novelist, especially in her masterwork, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Some Hurston aficionados were therefore surprised when the play she coauthored with Langston Hughes,...

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Barbara Speisman (essay date 1998)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: “From ‘Spears’ to The Great Day: Zora Neale Hurston's Vision of a Real Negro Theater,” in The Southern Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3, Spring, 1998, pp. 34-46.

[In the following essay, Speisman surveys Hurston's career as a dramatist and her influence on American theater.]

On 12 April 1926, in a letter to Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston asked Hughes a question: “Did I tell you before I left about the new, the REAL Negro art theater I Plan? Well I shall, or rather we shall act out the folk tales, however short with the abrupt angularity and naivete of the primitive 'bama Nigger. … What do you think?” (Hemenway 115). From 1927 to 1930...

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