Zora Neale Hurston: An Author Study
Course: English 9
In author studies, students develop a deep knowledge of a single writer by reading several works by and about that author. Students also develop an understanding of the social and cultural context of the author’s time and its effects on the meaning of the text. Through such studies students develop abilities to synthesize information as they discover relationships between the author’s life, work, and cultural influences.
It is important that each of you develop an awareness of the Harlem Renaissance as part of our study of Zora Neale Hurston and her subject matter, characters, themes, and style. I have created a list of web sites and significant people to encourage you to explore the artistic explosion that we call the Harlem Renaissance. The list is not exhaustive, but it is extensive. Search the internet, books, and the minds of your friends and relatives. Learn something about this time. When you find an artist that interests you focus there and learn more.
As we progress through our study of Zora Neale Hurston each of you will get an opportunity to share a poem, a painting, an intellectual concept, an essay, a musical clip, etc… from the Harlem Renaissance. In this way our learning community will gain a window into an exciting time and place. We will explore how the Harlem Renaissance created Zora Neale Hurston and how Zora Neale Hurston helped to create the Harlem Renaissance.