Literature Review on Zora Neale Hurston

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Description The following articles pertaining to the life of Zora Neale Hurston and her accomplished works illustrates as well as analyze her position as an African American female artist and anthropologist. Articles include: Zora Neale Hurston's Construction of Authenticity through Ethnographic Innovation by Jennifer Staple; Creating Ethnography: Zora Neale Hurston and Lydia Cabrera by Lynda Hoffman-Jeep; and Ethnics and Ethnographers: Zora Neale Hurston and Anzia Yezierska1 by Lori Jirousek. These articles demonstrate Hurston’s unique position of an artist as well as an anthropologist that captures the lives of African American culture through folktale, literature, and theatre. Two of these articles are in fact comparisons of her and other female ethnic anthropologists of the same time period; one being Afro-Cuban and the other a Polish Jew. The questions that these following authors have asked about Zora Neale Hurston is (1) “What drove [Hurston] to travel both physically and intellectually in search for authentic experience and knowledge?” (Staples 2006); (2) “How did Hurston eradicate the previous pervasive stereotypical image of African Americans?” (Hoffman-Jeep 2005); and (3) “Had Hurston somehow betrayed her ethnic community to work as an ethnographer?”, “In what ways did Hurston bring insight of how ethnography can serve in an ethnic community?” (Jirousek 2006). Analysis In Zora Neale Hurston's Construction of Authenticity through Ethnographic Innovation by Jennifer Staple, Staple explores how Hurston constructs ethnographic authenticity of African American culture through her work entitled, Mule Bone in 1930 with her colleague and rival; renowned writer and poet Langston Hughes. The authenticity that Staples e... ... middle of paper ... ...d definition to illustrate a culture in its natural form. Through folklore and the arts itself, Hurston and those like her, in way gave life to the practice and study of ethnography while helping to broaden the spectrum of what the study and practice can accomplish. Works Cited Hoffman-Jeep, Lynda. "Creating Ethnography: Zora Neale Hurston and Lydia Cabrera." African American Review 39, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 337-353. MLA International Bibliography, EBSCOhost. Jirousek, Lori. "Ethnics and Ethnographers: Zora Neale Hurston and Anzia Yezierska." Journal Of Modern Literature 29, no. 2 (Winter 2006): 19-32. MLA International Bibliography, EBSCOhost. Staple, Jennifer. "Zora Neale Hurston's Construction of Authenticity Through Ethnographic Innovation." Western Journal Of Black Studies 30, no. 1 (Spring2006 2006): 62-68. America: History & Life, EBSCOhost.
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