The Ethnography of Zora Neale Hurston: A Postmodern Writer Before Her Time

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112012
Title:
The Ethnography of Zora Neale Hurston: A Postmodern Writer Before Her Time
Author:
Robbins, Helen A.
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist 7:1-10. © 1991 Association of Student Anthropologists Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
1991
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112012
Abstract:
The recent trend in Anthropology has been to focus on new ways of representing ethnographic experience through the use of interpretive techniques in writing. Although these postmodern approaches are innovative, there are superlative examples of multi-vocality and the mixing of genres in early ethnographic writing. Zora Neale Hurston was one such writer. An African-American, she studied the rural blacks from the South, Haiti, Jamaica, and her home town of Eatonville, florida, and reconstructed their lives and folklore in her novels and ethnographies. We must question why such a gifted writer and ethnographer is rarely read by anthropologists, despite her re-emergence and recent fame in literary and popular circles. An examination of her work shows why her obscurity in anthropology should not continue.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
1062-1601

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRobbins, Helen A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-29T15:59:31Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-29T15:59:31Z-
dc.date.issued1991-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist 7:1-10. © 1991 Association of Student Anthropologists Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/112012-
dc.description.abstractThe recent trend in Anthropology has been to focus on new ways of representing ethnographic experience through the use of interpretive techniques in writing. Although these postmodern approaches are innovative, there are superlative examples of multi-vocality and the mixing of genres in early ethnographic writing. Zora Neale Hurston was one such writer. An African-American, she studied the rural blacks from the South, Haiti, Jamaica, and her home town of Eatonville, florida, and reconstructed their lives and folklore in her novels and ethnographies. We must question why such a gifted writer and ethnographer is rarely read by anthropologists, despite her re-emergence and recent fame in literary and popular circles. An examination of her work shows why her obscurity in anthropology should not continue.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.titleThe Ethnography of Zora Neale Hurston: A Postmodern Writer Before Her Timeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
All Items in UA Campus Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.