Women Writing Culture / Edition 1

Women Writing Culture / Edition 1

by Ruth Behar, Deborah Gordon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520202082

ISBN-13: 9780520202085

Pub. Date: 01/05/1996

Publisher: University of California Press

"A rich collection that I will use in teaching graduates and undergraduates about the weave of ethnography, narrative, the women's movement, and feminism. Crafted by an impressive range of scholars, the essays are empirically rich and theoretically cogent. But most important, they engage the complexities of multicultural, feminist, and multinational ethnographies and…  See more details below

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"A rich collection that I will use in teaching graduates and undergraduates about the weave of ethnography, narrative, the women's movement, and feminism. Crafted by an impressive range of scholars, the essays are empirically rich and theoretically cogent. But most important, they engage the complexities of multicultural, feminist, and multinational ethnographies and the stories that matter to politics, scholarship, and lives. With an ear for the tones of race and gender, this book answers the political, generic, and theoretical challenge of Writing Culture with layered essays that rewrite an important range of cultural conversations."-Donna Haraway, author of Professor, History of Consciousness Board, UCSC

"Since the advent of the 'post-modern' in ethnography, we have been much in need of a marvelous volume such as this, placing 'woman' at the center of the debate. Women Writing Culture will prove as stimulating for our time as its great predecessor, Women, Culture and Society was for the 1970s."-Jose E. Limon, University of Texas

"A groundbreaking book-provocative, illuminating, imaginative-and it is a pleasure to read. A trenchant yet always generous feminist critique of the masculinist bias in the theoretical canon of anthropological texts, it expansively and imaginatively maps the future directions of a feminist anthropology. In moving and courageous acts of reconstruction, the writers in this volume boldly cross disciplinary and generic lines, reading fiction as anthropology, writing theater as ethnography, getting personal, radically reconceiving the relationship of self and other and, thereby, the field itself. Feminist scholars of all disciplines will find hereenabling textual and conceptual strategies as well as memorable voices and powerful stories."-Marianne Hirsch, Dartmouth College, author of The Mother-Daughter Plot

Author Biography: Ruth Behar is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and the author of Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story (1993). Deborah Gordon is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Wichita State University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520202085
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/05/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
470
Sales rank:
1,078,802
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Out of Exile1
1Participant Observation33
2Bad Girls: Theater, Women of Color, and the Politics of Representation49
3Writing in My Father's Name: A Diary of Translated Woman's First Year65
4Feminist Anthropology: The Legacy of Elsie Clews Parsons85
5"Not in the Absolute Singular": Rereading Ruth Benedict104
6Ella Cara Deloria and Mourning Dove: Writing for Cultures, Writing Against the Grain131
7Multiple Subjectivities and Strategic Positionality: Zora Neale Hurston's Experimental Ethnographies148
8Ruth Landes and the Early Ethnography of Race and Gender166
9Margaret Mead and the "Rustling-Of-The-Wind-In-The-Palm-Trees School" Of Ethnographic Writing186
10The Ethnographic Films of Barbara G. Myerhoff: Anthropology, Feminism, and the Politics of Jewish Identity207
11Writing Against the Grain: Cultural Politics of Difference in the Work of Alice Walker233
12The Gender of Theory249
13Works and Wives: On the Sexual Division of Textual Labor267
14Ms. Representations: Reflections on Studying Academic Men287
15"Man's Darkest Hours": Maleness, Travel, and Anthropology306
16Writing Lesbian Ethnography322
17A Tale of Two Pregnancies339
18Women Out of China: Traveling Tales and Traveling Theories in Postcolonial Feminism350
19Border Work: Feminist Ethnography and the Dissemination of Literacy373
20In Dialogue? Reading Across Minority Discourses390
21Border Poets: Translating by Dialogues412
Conclusion: Culture Writing Women: Inscribing Feminist Anthropology429
Notes on Contributors443
Index447

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