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Zora Neale Hurston's Construction of Authenticity through Ethnographic Innovation

  title={Zora Neale Hurston's Construction of Authenticity through Ethnographic Innovation},
  author={Jennifer Staple},
  journal={Western journal of black studies},
  • J. Staple
  • Published 22 March 2006
  • Art
  • Western journal of black studies
"Breaking out of anthropology's dominating box required experimentation with new forms of writing and knowledge. It required listening to other voices." (Knauft, 1996: 19) Educated as an anthropologist, Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston's literary works reflected her ethnographic training, as she used field research, language, and dramatic expression to illustrate an authentic cultural history. Her play "Mule Bone," which was collaboratively composed with Langston Hughes between May… 
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