Author(s): Gamze AR*
African American literature establishes a great artistic field with diverse cultural and thematical experiences. Throughout history African Americans live many troubles such as segregations and discriminations in various areas. However, their literature shows a significant resistance towards all the troubles in history. There are numerous writers and artists to explore the themes such as African American culture, racism, religion, slavery and a sense of home. One of them is Zora Neale Hurston. This presentation sheds light on the importance of Zora Neale Hurston in African American literature, and it will be supported with other famous Afro-American writers? articles and statements. Why is she so important? From which perspectives did she contribute to the African American literature? Why was her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God mostly criticized? This study will answer the questions with particular examples from Zora Neale Hurston?s autobiographical novel Dust Tracks on a Road An Autobiography, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Alice Walker?s article ?In Search of Zora Neale Hurston.?