Annotated Bibliography: Zora Neale Hurston

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Annotated Bibliography: Zora Neale Hurston
Jones, Sharon L. "Fire!! And Zora Neale Hurston." Critical Companion to Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work, Critical Companion. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2009. Bloom 's Literature. Facts on File, Inc. Web. 10 Feb. 2016 Fire!! Was an important publication during the Harlem Renaissance. Although only one issue was published, in November 1926, this magazine features many significant African-American writers of the day. "The short-lived Fire!! and Harlem were declarations of independence from the established black periodicals as much as from the white magazines, which came in a wider variety" (Hutchinson 129). Wallace Thurman served as the publication 's
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In this Very insightful piece of writing by Deborah James, we learn about a community that is rich and vital in spirit and laughter despite the hardships placed upon them as a result of their race. Within the community a whole range of typical human activities occur that normalize the African American community that many at the time feared and because of the fear they rejected and abused the African American people. The main character in this novel is Janie. Janie is in many ways the protagonist of the novel and leads readers into a detailed synopsis of her life and her experiences as an African American woman who achieves renewal through her ability to resist the definitions of others and her openness to the sometimes-painful process of rebirth. In my opinion this book is sort of an indirect auto biography of Hurston’s Life. When reading the book one will begin to notice the similarities between the two, one very distinguished similarity one see is the fact that Junie and Hurston were both married and Divorced multiple time and neither of them had children. They both moved around and basically experienced a rebirth with their new…show more content…

Zora Neale Hurston 's research trips carried her throughout the United States, but her interest in the African diaspora extended beyond American shores. Hurston spent time in Jamaica and Haiti learning about rituals and customs that would enrich her own writing and enhance her perspective on culture, particularly concerning folk customs. While in Haiti, Hurston wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, but the point of the trips was to research culture there. Most notably, her time in the Caribbean resulted in Tell My Horse, a text about voodoo and zombies in Haiti. Hurston received funding from the Guggenheim Foundation for her research trip to the Caribbean in 1936, and she subsequently left for her research in Haiti and Jamaica. Hurston portrays Jamaica as a patriarchal place obsessed with color and where females were seen as second-class citizens. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Hurston studied Creole skills, learned about voodoo, and documented zombie culture. She returned to the United States in 1937. She completed Tell My Horse while she was back
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