Zora Neale Hurston | Critical Essay by Barbara Speisman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Zora Neale Hurston.
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Critical Essay by Barbara Speisman

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 Hurston had the opportunity to interpret what “had gone unseen for three hundred years” (113), and she shared many...

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