Annotated Bibliography: Zora Neale Hurston

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A. Scholarly Journal: JSTOR Boyd, Valerie. "Zora Neale Hurston: The Howard University Years." Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 39. (2003): 104-108. Web. . This source provided information regarding Zora’s time at Howard University, and the ways it shaped her literary future. Attending the prestigious Howard University seemed completely out of reach for Zora; but an acquaintance, a Howard student, empowered her by saying she was indeed “Howard material.” Zora took advantage of all the opportunities available to her: she was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, the Stylus, the Howard Players. Additionally, she attended the meetings of the Saturday Nighters, a literary salon populated by an intergenerational group of the gifted, the famous, and the wannabe famous. It was at these meetings she began to explore the idea of contributing to the literary world through writing. She dabbled with poetry, but ultimately found her voice portraying the “lives and the language of ordinary black country folk.” B. Popular Magazine: The New Yorker Lahr, John. "RACE RECORDS: Soldiers and snobs on parade." New Yorker. OCTOBER 31, 2005: Print. This article compared Zora’s call for a new type of storytelling to expose “the internal lives and emotions of the Negroes” to A Soldier’s Play, a military themed play set on an Army base in Louisiana in 1944. According to Zora, America’s interest in only the portrayal of exceptional or quaint Negros violated drama and literature’s aesthetic goal of holding up a mirror to nature. Although she wrote extensively about white America’s lack of curiosity in the portrayal of realistic black life, many African-American playwrights still persist in the depiction of stereotypes. Rather than allowing characters to discover their own complex meaning, as Zora advocated, playwrights continue to impose an ideology on their

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