Zora Hurston Neale Criticism: Color Struck - Essay

Criticism: Color Struck

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: “Re-evaluating Color Struck: Zora Neale Hurston and the Issue of Colorism,” in Theatre Studies, Vol. 42, 1997, pp. 5-18.

[In the following essay, Classon probes Color Struck as a work of social criticism and as the “tragedy of a darkskinned woman.” Additionally, Classon emphasizes the importance of this relatively neglected play to an understanding of Hurston's life and work.]

Zora Neale Hurston was born in Eatonville, Florida, an all-Black community, in 1891.1 While in New York attending Barnard College and studying anthropology under Franz Boas, she made significant contributions to the Harlem Renaissance. “From the 1930s...

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