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Zora Neale Hurston: Resources

by Karen Vrotsos
Educator, Writer
New York, New York

E-Texts
Web Sites
Films
Plays
Audio Recordings

E-Texts
"Black Death"
Produced by Jill Deisman, Northern Kentucky University student manager of Web Services.
  "Black Death"

Glossary of Harlem Slang
Produced by the African-American Literature Book Club, Hurston's glossary from "Story in Harlem Slang."
  Glossary of Harlem Slang

Mules and Men, an e-text edition
Also excerpts from Eatonville Anthology and "FIRE!!" 1926 ("Color Struck," "Sweat") and the essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me."
  Mules and Men, an e-text edition

"Spunk"
Produced by Jill Deisman, Northern Kentucky University student manager of Web Services.
  "Spunk"

Web Sites
Kip's Page
Impressive and fun, a personal page by a Hurston fan named Kip Austin. Contains resource lists, biography, links, photographs, e-texts, essays, bulletin board, and updates on Hurston events.
  Kip's Page

Mules and Men: An E-Text Edition
Good resource on the title work. Also has other e-texts, plus a wide range of backgound material, including lyrics from some of Hurston's collected folk songs, excerpts from secondary sources, and a nice bibliography.
  Mules and Men: An E-Text Edition

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
A Research and Reference Guide to the Harlem Renaissance. Bibliographies, study questions, and links for Harlem Renaissance writers, including Hurston.
  PAL: Perspectives in American Literature

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Compendium of Research on the Novel
Assembled by Professor Rouzie's 307J English class at Ohio University. Includes students' essays and annotated bibliographies, as well as a useful section on critical responses to the novel organized by decade.
  Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Compendium of Research on the Novel

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Real Audio Discussion and E-Mail Discussion Group
Produced by Wired for Books, Ohio University Telecommunications Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  Their Eyes Were Watching God: Real Audio Discussion and E-Mail Discussion Group

Women Writers of Color, Voices from the Gaps
Produced by University of Minnesota. Includes biography and resource links.
  Women Writers of Color, Voices from the Gaps

Tim Gallaher's Site
Produced by University of Southern California Health Sciences professor. Includes a brief narrative about Hurston and voodoo.
  Tim Gallaher's Site

Archive of Folk Culture, Library of Congress
List of recordings, manuscripts, correspondence, and images from Hurston's anthropological studies.
  Archive of Folk Culture, Library of Congress

Zora Neale Hurston Festival
Web site for the festival, held annually in Hurston's hometown, produced by the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc.
  Zora Neale Hurston Festival

Lucy Ann Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston's niece, an ethnographer, public speaker, and educator on Hurston's works.
  Lucy Ann Hurston

Teaching Resources:

Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE): Guide to Their Eyes Were Watching God
Study questions, assignments, maps, and fun links for students.
  Schools of California Online Resources for Educators

Walter Johnson High School Pathfinder
Curriculum guide and assignments for Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  Walter Johnson High School Pathfinder

Teacher Resource File: Internet School Library Media Center
Biography, bibliography, links to e-texts, lesson plans, and criticism.
  Teacher Resource File

Perennial Classics: A Reader's Guide to Their Eyes Were Watching God
Discussion questions, plot summary, and brief biography.
  Perennial Classics

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Very useful curriculum guides and a good variety of approaches and texts. Includes one on Hurston and her autobiography
  Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
  Reading and Writing the Autobiography
  Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston

Films
All About Zora. Produced and directed for television by Bill Pratt.
Actress and director Ruby Dee talks about the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston in between scenes of Dee and company performing Zora Is My Name! at Howard University. A Howard University, WHMM-TV, and The Office of Theatrical Productions presentation. Part of the Communications Excellence to Black Audiences (CEBA) Awards Collection, a competition sponsored by the World Institute of Black Communications, Inc.

Zora Is My Name! American Playhouse. Beverly Hills, California: PBS Home Video, Pacific Arts Video (distributor), 1990.
A made-for-TV version of the play Zora Is My Name! written and acted by Ruby Dee, based Hurston's life story, using sections from Hurston's Dust Tracks on the Road and
Mules and Men.

Plays
Eatonville.
Forthcoming Broadway production about Hurston's life, with score by Wynton Marsalis.
  Eatonville

Audio Recordings
Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections
Part of a Library of Congress multiformat ethnographic field collection, this offers mp3 sound recordings of Hurston speaking and singing, introducing and performing folk songs.
  Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections

Zora Neale Hurston: Recordings, Manuscripts, and Ephemera in the Archive of Folk Culture and Other Divisions of the Library of Congress.
  Zora Neale Hurston: Recordings, Manuscripts, and Ephemera





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