“I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.” - Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942
On the 130th anniversary of her birth, Zora Neale Hurston is celebrated as one of the most brilliant, complex, multifaceted, and enduring voices in African American culture and literature. Hurston’s career began during the Harlem Renaissance, but she was famously at odds with many of its proponents. Consequently, she charted a path of her own which led to her roots in Florida and a literary probing of African American folk culture, the depths of which were not fully appreciated until long after her passing. In this three-session course, we will analyze key texts in Hurston’s literary career, focusing on how these works correspond to her evolution as a writer and scholar and underscore the richness of her legacy.