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Zora Neale's Characteristics of Negro Expression

Zora Neale Hurston

Using material collected on anthropological expeditions to the South, Zora Neale Hurston explains how expression in African American culture in the early 20th century departs from the art of white America. At the time, African American art was often criticized for copying white culture. For Hurston, this criticism misunderstood how art works. European tradition views art as something fixed. But Hurston describes a creative process that is ever-changing and largely improvisational. She maintains that African American art works through a process called ‘mimicry’—where an imitated object or verbal pattern, for example, is altered until it becomes something new, novel, and worthy of attention.

Using material collected on anthropological expeditions to the South, Zora Neale Hurston explains how expression in African American culture in the early 20th century departs from the art of white America. At the time, African American art was often criticized for copying white culture. For Hurston, this criticism misunderstood how art works. European tradition views art as something fixed. But Hurston describes a creative process that is ever-changing and largely improvisational. She maintains that African American art works through a process called ‘mimicry’—where an imitated object or verbal pattern, for example, is altered until it becomes something new, novel, and worthy of attention.
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Using material collected on anthropological expeditions to the South, Zora Neale Hurston explains how expression in African American culture in the early 20th century departs from the art of white America. At the time, African American art was often criticized for copying white culture. For Hurston, this criticism misunderstood how art works. European tradition views art as something fixed. But Hurston describes a creative process that is ever-changing and largely improvisational. She maintains that African American art works through a process called ‘mimicry’—where an imitated object or verbal pattern, for example, is altered until it becomes something new, novel, and worthy of attention.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mercedes Aguirre, Macat.com

Length:

1h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:21