By Shirley Moody-Turner
Before the cutting edge paintings of Zora Neale Hurston, folklorists from the Hampton Institute accumulated, studied, and wrote approximately African American folklore. Like Hurston, those folklorists labored inside but additionally past the limits of white mainstream associations. they typically known as into query the which means of the very folklore initiatives during which they have been engaged.
Shirley Moody-Turner analyzes this output, besides the contributions of a disparate workforce of African American authors and students. She explores how black authors and folklorists have been energetic participants--rather than passive observers--in conversations in regards to the politics of representing black folklore. interpreting literary texts, folklore files, cultural performances, criminal discourse, and political rhetoric, Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation demonstrates how folklore reviews turned a battleground throughout which problems with racial id and distinction have been asserted and debated on the flip of the 20 th century. The learn is framed by way of questions of old and carrying on with import. What function have representations of black folklore performed in developing racial id? And, how have these rules impacted the way in which African american citizens take into consideration and creatively have interaction black traditions?
Moody-Turner renders demonstrated historic proof in a brand new gentle and context, taking figures we inspiration we knew--such as Charles Chesnutt, Anna Julia Cooper, and Paul Laurence Dunbar--and recasting their position in African American highbrow and cultural history.
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Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies) by Shirley Moody-Turner