Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch13

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960), in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675



  • Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960);
  • Alice Walker, describing in her essay “Looking for Zora” - traveling to Fort Pierce, Florida, to learn what she could of the last years of Hurston, prominent in the Harlem Renaissance;
  • Alain Locke's important anthology The New Negro - interpretation the same year;
  • Hurston, studied anthropology with Franz Boas - considered the father of American anthropology and teacher of notable figures, like Margaret Mead;
  • Boas argued for fieldwork within cultural anthropology – Hurston, and researches in Alabama, Louisiana and her native Eatonville;
  • Hurston's writing after Barnard, short stories and plays - On one of the plays, Mule Bone, collaborating with Langston Hughes;
  • Mules and Men (1935), record of Hurston's folklore - collecting in Eatonville, New Orleans, and Florida;
  • Hurston, a persona for herself - describing her travels, and reshaping the actual time frame to make for a more unified narrative;
  • Tell My Horse, account of Hurston's researches in Jamaica and Haiti in 1938 - a novel, Moses, Man of the Mountain;
  • rediscovery of Hurston - writing about race, not necessarily to have to write overtly about politics or white oppression


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