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Native Speakers
     

Native Speakers

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by Maria Eugenia Cotera
 

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ISBN-10: 0292721617

ISBN-13: 9780292721616

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Winner, Gloria Anzaldua Book Prize, National Women's Studies Association, 2009

In the early twentieth century, three women of color helped shape a new world of ethnographic discovery. Ella Cara Deloria, a Sioux woman from South Dakota, Zora Neale Hurston, an African American woman from Florida, and Jovita González, a Mexican American woman from the

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Winner, Gloria Anzaldua Book Prize, National Women's Studies Association, 2009

In the early twentieth century, three women of color helped shape a new world of ethnographic discovery. Ella Cara Deloria, a Sioux woman from South Dakota, Zora Neale Hurston, an African American woman from Florida, and Jovita González, a Mexican American woman from the Texas borderlands, achieved renown in the fields of folklore studies, anthropology, and ethnolinguistics during the 1920s and 1930s. While all three collaborated with leading male intellectuals in these disciplines to produce innovative ethnographic accounts of their own communities, they also turned away from ethnographic meaning making at key points in their careers and explored the realm of storytelling through vivid mixed-genre novels centered on the lives of women.

In this book, Cotera offers an intellectual history situated in the "borderlands" between conventional accounts of anthropology, women's history, and African American, Mexican American and Native American intellectual genealogies. At its core is also a meditation on what it means to draw three women—from disparate though nevertheless interconnected histories of marginalization—into conversation with one another. Can such a conversation reveal a shared history that has been erased due to institutional racism, sexism, and simple neglect? Is there a mode of comparative reading that can explore their points of connection even as it remains attentive to their differences? These are the questions at the core of this book, which offers not only a corrective history centered on the lives of women of color intellectuals, but also a methodology for comparative analysis shaped by their visions of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292721616
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Writing in the Margins of the Twentieth Century
  • Part One. Ethnographic Meaning Making and the Politics of Difference
  • Chapter One. Standing on the Middle Ground: Ella Deloria's Decolonizing Methodology
  • Chapter Two. "Lyin' Up a Nation": Zora Neale Hurston and the Literary Uses of the "Folk"
  • Chapter Three. A Romance of the Border: J. Frank Dobie, Jovita González, and the Study of the Folk in Texas
  • Part Two. Re-Writing Culture: Storytelling and the Decolonial Imagination
  • Chapter Four. "All My Relatives Are Noble": Is Waterlily a "Red Feminist" Text?
  • Chapter Five. "De nigger woman is de mule uh de world": Storytelling and the Black Feminist Experience
  • Chapter Six. Feminism on the Border: Caballero and the Poetics of Collaboration
  • Epilogue. "What's Love Got to Do with It?": Toward a Passionate Praxis
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Native Speakers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Im leaving this rp. Its inactive, im pissed, and youre the biggest godmodder ive ever seen.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They have a castle in the woods which is covered in plantlife. Outside the woods is nothing but a dry desert. They will shoot down any hostile beings and like to welcome guests with flower necklaces. They eat and chat together and mainly eat green foods.
TJHeffelfinger More than 1 year ago
This read is essential for those studying or interested in social behavior. Informative and entertaining, Cotera enlightens the reader through the revelation of little known struggles of women past and present while setting the historical record straight. I would especially recommend this book for book clubs and as required reading in women's studies/anthropology classes. I look forward to her next creation with high anticipation! *Needs to be available as Nookbook.