Women Writing Culture

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Ruth Behar, Deborah A. Gordon
University of California Press, 1995 - Social Science - 457 pages
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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 here enabling textual and conceptual strategies as well as memorable voices and powerful stories."--Marianne Hirsch, Dartmouth College, author of The Mother-Daughter Plot
  

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It will be interesting to see how this book ages. It was extremely important to me at one time, then became an object of embarassment, and now I feel like tying up first year anthro grads and forcing them to really read it. Read full review

Contents

Beyond Self and Other
31
THEATER WOMEN OF COLOR
49
Another History Another Canon
85
ZORA NEALE HURSTONS EXPERIMENTAL ETHNOGRAPHIES
148
RUTH LANDES AND THE EARLY ETHNOGRAPHY
166
MARGARET MEAD AND THE RU STLI N GO FTH EW I N DIN
186
CULTURAL POLITICS
233
Does Anthropology Have a Sex?
247
WRITING LESBIAN ETHNOGRAPHY
322
Traveling Feminists
337
IN DIALOGUE? READING ACROSS MINORITY DISCOURSES
390
TRANSLATING BY DIALOGUES
412
CULTURE WRITING WOMEN
429
Notes on Contributors
444
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About the author (1995)

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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