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 in addition past the limits of white mainstream associations. they generally referred to as into query the which means of the very folklore initiatives within which they have been engaged.
Shirley Moody-Turner analyzes this output, besides the contributions of a disparate crew 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. analyzing literary texts, folklore files, cultural performances, criminal discourse, and political rhetoric, Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation demonstrates how folklore experiences turned a battleground throughout which problems with racial id and distinction have been asserted and debated on the flip of the 20th century. The research is framed by means of questions of ancient and carrying on with import. What position have representations of black folklore performed in developing racial identification? And, how have these principles impacted the way in which African americans take into consideration and creatively interact black traditions?
Moody-Turner renders tested historic evidence in a brand new gentle and context, taking figures we idea we knew--such as Charles Chesnutt, Anna Julia Cooper, and Paul Laurence Dunbar--and recasting their position in African American highbrow and cultural history.