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Inventing the new Negro : narrative, culture, and ethnography

Title
Inventing the new Negro : narrative, culture, and ethnography / Daphne Lamothe.
Author
Lamothe, Daphne Mary.
Publication
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2008], ©2008.

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Description
232 pages; 24 cm
Summary
"It is no coincidence, Daphne Lamothe writes, that so many black writers and intellectuals of the first half of the twentieth century either trained formally as ethnographers or worked as amateur collectors of folklore and folk culture. In Inventing the New Negro Lamothe explores the process by which key figures such as Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Dunham, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, and Sterling Brown adapted ethnography and folklore in their narratives to create a cohesive, collective, and modern black identity." "Lamothe explores how these figures assumed the roles of self-reflective translators and explicators of African American and African diasporic cultures to Western, largely white audiences."--BOOK JACKET.
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-217) and index.
Contents
1. Ethnography and the New Negro Imagination -- 2. Men of Science in the Post-Slavery Era -- 3. Raising the Veil: Racial Divides and Ethnographic Crossings in The Souls of Black Folk -- 4. Striking Out into the Interior: Travel, Imperialism, and Ethnographic Perspectives in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man -- 5. Living Culture in Sterling Brown's Southern Road -- 6. Woman Dancing Culture: Katherine Dunham's Dance/Anthropology -- 7. Narrative Dissonance: Conflict and Contradiction in Hurston's Caribbean Ethnography -- 8. Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Vodou Intertext -- 9. Afterword.
ISBN
  • 9780812240931 (alk. paper)
  • 0812240936 (alk. paper)
LCCN
  • 2008007777
  • 40015637470
OCLC
  • ocn212432492
  • 212432492
  • SCSB-5417660
Owning Institutions
Columbia University Libraries