We all know and love Zora Neale Hurston as one of the great 20th-century writers. But she was not just a literary star. Trained as an anthropologist, she did pioneering fieldwork in the American South and the Caribbean. These travels became the foundation for her rich storytelling. Rutgers University English professor Cheryl Wall discusses Hurston’s unique blend of ethnography and literature.
This program is generously underwritten by Cassandra L. Book and presented in partnership with the Center for Cultural Analysis and the English Department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Photograph from the Library of Congress
Speakers and Performers
In 2008 Cheryl A. Wall was named the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University in recognition of her contributions to African American literary study in general and to Hurston studies in particular. The author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition and Women of the Harlem Renaissance, Wall has edited the Writings of Zora Neale Hurston in two volumes published by the Library of America, as well as two volumes of criticism on Hurston’s writings.
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Leaders And Thinkers
- Cheryl A. Wall
- Faculty page at Rutgers University
- Women of the Harlem Renaissance
- Review in Diverse
- Zora Neale Hurston
- Official website