Dissertation Bibliography

This bibliography identifies recently completed dissertations in the last ten years where Hurston's life or writings are a significant component.


  • Lancaster, Iris M. “Bending the Tree, Building the Woman: A Stylistic Approach to Voice and Vision in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Texas A & M U. Dissertation Abstracts International, A: 71/04, Oct. 2010. 1300.


  • Bealer, Tracy Lyn. “'Something Which Abrogates': Eros, the Body, and the Problem of Liberation in Twentieth-Century American Literature.” U. of South Carolina. Dissertation Abstracts International, A 69/07, Jan. 2009.
  • Butler, Rita C. “The Reality of Fiction: Diagnosing White Culture through the Lens of Mother/Nature in Zora Neale Hurston's 'Seraph on the Suwanee.’” Florida Atlantic University. Dissertation Abstracts International, A: 69/11, May 2009.
  • Cayer, Jennifer. “Embodied Ethnographies: Women's Work between Art and the Field.” New York U. Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: 69/9, Mar. 2009.
  • Freeman Marshall, Jennifer L. “Constructions of Literary and Ethonographic Authority, Canons, Community and Zora Neale Hurston.” Emory U. Dissertation Abstracts International, A 69/10, Apr. 2009.


  • Callan, Stephanie Ann. “The Anthropological Modernisms of Lady Augusta Gregory and Zora Neale Hurston.” University of Oregon. Dissertation Abstracts International, A 68/08, Feb. 2008.
  • Park, Jung Man. “’I love myself when I am laughing’: Tracing the Origins of Black Folk Comedy in Zora Neale Hurston's Plays before ‘Mule Bone.’” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dissertation Abstracts International, A 68/07, Jan. 2008.
  • Taylor, Nicole Janneen. “The Camera is Mightier than the Pen: Resistance, Revolution, and Revision in the Film Adaptations of Alice Walker's ‘The Color Purple,’ Zora Neale Hurston's ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ and Toni Morrison's ‘Beloved.’ Howard University. Dissertation Abstracts International, A 68/09, Mar. 2008.


  • Dauterich, Edward, IV. “Violence and the Ideology/Utopia Dialectic in Wright, Petry, Ellison, and Hurston.” Kent State University. Dissertation Abstracts International, A 67/07, Jan. 2007.


  • Hill, Lena Michelle. "Frames of Consciousness: Visual Culture in Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams, and Ralph Ellison." Yale University. Dissertation Abstracts International, A 66:03, 995.

  • Jones-Jones, Adelina Giselle. "More Than a State of Being. The Process of Actualizing 'Self' in the Midst of Limitations and Contradictions: Establishing Pedagogy of Self-actualization and Survival through Zora's Eyes." University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 66:06, 2086.

  • Leasure, LaVie Totten. "Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker. Womanist and Feminist Theories Meet in the Garden: The Perspective of Difference." Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 66:02, 569.

  • Czarnecki, Kristin Kommers. "'A grievous necessity': The Subject of Marriage in Transatlantic Modern Women's Novels. Woolf, Rhys, Fauset, Larsen, and Hurston." University of Cincinnati. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 65:08, 2984.

  • Abbott, Traci B. "The Fictive Flapper: A Way of Reading Race and Female Desire in the Novels of Larsen, Hurst, Hurston, a
  • nd Cather." University of Maryland, College Park. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 65:11, 4194.

  • Fanetti, Susan. "The Mirthful Medusa: The Transgressive Act of Writing Women in the Works of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston." St. Louis University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 65:05, 1779.


  • Erba, Annalisa Carla. "Paradise Lost: Potential Long–Term Sequelae of Early Maternal Death in Two Exceptionally Creative People in History." Rutgers University. Dissertations Abstracts International, B 64:9, 4611.
  • Hayes, Melissa Hamilton. "Circumscribing the Spirit: Spiritual Identity and the Autobiographical Acts of Three American Women Writers." University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 64:8, 2889.
  • Stewart, John Wesley, III. "Benevolent Economies: An Exploration of Literary Patronage During the Harlem Renaissance." University of Southern Mississippi. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 64:9, 3298.


  • Blockett, Kimberly Denise. "Traveling Home/Girls: Movement and Subjectivity in the Texts of Zilpha Elaw, Nella Larsen and Zora Neale Hurston." University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 63:8, 2870.
  • M'Baye, Babacar. "Africanisms, Race Relations, and Diasporic Identities in Mules and Men, Go Tell it on the Mountain,and Mumbo Jumbo." Bowling Green State University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 63:10, 3612.
  • Moss, Shondrika Lanise. "Ah'd Save the text for You: Exploring Zora Neale Hurston's Characteristics of Negro Expression." Northwestern University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 64:4, 1134.


  • Kraut, Anthea Catherine. "Re–framing the Vernacular: The Dance Praxis of Zora Neale Hurston." Northwestern University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 63:4, 1169.
  • Newell, Carol Elena. "Women Folk and the Landscape of Modernism: The Novels of Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Julia Peterkin, and Zora Neale Hurston." Emory University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 63:7, 2544.


  • Boulware, Portia Danielle. " Black Love and the Harlem Renaissance: The Politics of Intimacy in the Novels of Nella Larsen, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Zora Neale Hurston. Purdue University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 62:12, 4163.
  • Erickson, Stacy Melissa. "Animals–as–trope in the Selected Fiction of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison." Dissertations Abstracts International, A 61:9, 3564.
  • Grant–Boyd, Joan Hope. "Fighting Their Battle, Claiming Their Victories: Three Exemplars of African–American Female Heroism." Dissertations Abstracts International, A 61:9, 3565–66.
  • Lynch, Jacquelyn Scott. "Darwin Matters: Modernism and Mate Choice in Wharton, Joyce, and Hurston." Arizona State University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 62:2, 569.
  • McGlamery, Thomas Dean. "Writing One's Age: Protest and the Body in Melville, Dos Passos, and Hurston." University of Texas–Austin. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 61:8, 3173.
  • Patterson, Dorothy McDonald. "Unburdening 'de mule uh de world': Black Women's Rhetoric of Self–definition in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Alice Walker's The Color Purple." Middle Tennessee State University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 62:1.


  • Miles, Diana Frances. "Women Violence and Testimony in the Works of Zora Neale Hurston." Emory University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 61:4, 1405.
  • Patterson, Patricia O'Neal. "Negotiation of Text in Peer–Led Literature Discussion Groups."Dissertations Abstracts International, A 61:6, 2221.
  • Smith, Maria Thecla. "Slain in the Spirit: A Vodun Aesthetic in Selected Works of Simone Schwartz–Bart, Zora Neale Hurston, and Paule Marshall. Louisiana State University. Dissertations Abstracts International, A 61:3, 978.