Responsibility, Liberty, and Individualism in the Writings of Zora Neale Hurston


Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) was one of the leading black novelists and conservative writers of the 1930s and 1940s. This conference encouraged conferees to consider a wide range of her political and literary works—with particular attention paid to those that focus on individualism and politics.


Conference Readings

Hurston, Zora Neale. Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings. New York: The Library of America, 1995.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper Collins, 1937/2006.

Hurston, Zora Neale. “Lawrence of the River.” Saturday Evening Post (September 5 1942): 55-57.

Hurston, Zora Neale. “Why the Negro Won't Buy Communism.” American Legion Magazine (1951): 14-15, 55-60.