Zora Hurston Neale Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Drama Criticism)


Hemenway, Robert E.“Mule Bone.” In Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography, pp. 136-58. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977.

Details the collaborative writing of Mule Bone by Hurston and Langston Hughes, and their later falling out. Hemenway goes on to describe the play itself, calling it “an interesting attempt to transcend black dramatic stereotypes.”

Hill, Lynda M. “Staging Hurston’s Life and Work.” In Acting Out: Feminist Performances, edited by Lynda Hart and Peggy Phelan, pp. 295-313. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.

Considers Hurston as an interpreter of black culture, viewing her dramatic work in relation to that of her peers and estimating the influence of her aesthetic on subsequent stage performances. Hill concludes that Hurston “is a progenitor, indeed and archetype, for theater artists who recognize that her life and work has empowered a new generation. …”

Perkins, Kathy A. “Zora Neale Hurston.” In Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays before 1950, pp. 75-9. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989.

Brief survey of Hurston’s life and career as a dramatist.

Additional coverage of Hurston’s life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Authors & Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 15; Black Literature Criticism, Vol. 2; Black Writers, Vols. 1, 3; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 85-88; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 61; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 7, 30, 61; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 51, 86; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-Studied Authors, Multicultural Authors, and Novelists; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Short Story Criticism, Vol. 4; and World Literature Criticism Supplement.