HURSTON SPUNK PDF

HURSTON SPUNK PDF

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The Harlem Renaissance: Zora Neale Hurston’s First Story

Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early s. Growing up in Eatonville, Florida, north of Orlando — the country’s first city incorporated by African Americans — and then as an adult living in Harlem, Hurston was surrounded by the wordplay of neighbors. Many of the expressions are gone, but they have a new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater’s production of “Spunk,” a stage version of three Hurston stories.

Hurston grew up in the Deep South, as African Americans were emerging from the effects of slavery and were creating a new identity. Her mother died when Hurston was a girl, and her father, a carpenter and preacher, sent her to live with relatives. Hurston faced family barriers to getting an education but eventually found the means to attend Howard University, where she excelled on the stage and began writing articles.

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It was at Howard that Hurston met like-minded friends who, along with her, would become important figures in the Harlem Renaissance.

Hurston’s ear for language was intertwined with an interest in anthropology. She collected the language of African Americans in Florida and Harlem. Hurston used the wordplay sphnk heard among African Americans for her stories, according to Sarah Bellamy, Penumbra’s associate artistic director.

Here’s an example of some dialogue in “Spunk,” from a character who is critical of how some men treat women. It’s round and juicy an’ sweet when dey gits it, but they squeeze an’ grind, squeeze an’ grind an’ wring tell dey wrings every drop uf pleasure that’s in ‘im out. An’ when dey satisfied dat dey wrung dem dry dey treats ‘im jes lak dey treat a cane chew, throws ‘im away.

Bellamy says the African-American dialect of that time was a tool for an oppressed culture not very far removed from slavery.

African-American dialect the heart of Penumbra’s ‘Spunk’

The people created a code, a language, that was private, separate from the ears of the dominant white culture. That dialect is on display in another scene from “Spunk,” in which an elegant lady on a city street deals with two dandies who seek her attention.

But it’ll never happen brother, you’re barkin’ up the wrong tree. I wouldn’t give you air if you was stopped up in a jug. I ain’t puttin’ out a thing.

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I’m just like a cemetery, I ain’t puttin’ out, I’m takin’ in. I’ll tell you like a farmer told a potato. Plant you now, dig you later. Sarah Bellamy says some are offended by the language, and how African Americans are portrayed in “Spunk” and other Zora Neale Hurston stories.

So let’s work to preserve it,'” she said. She collected the songs sung by workers in sugar cane, sawmill spuno railroad construction camps. Hurston had a pleasing singing voice and recorded some of the songs herself.

Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston – words | Study Guides and Book Summaries

Eighteen of them are included in the audio collection of the Library of Congress, and can be heard online. Attention to Gurston Neale Hurston’s writing has endured and even grown.

However, in her lifetime she struggled to make ends meet. She died in poverty in a Florida nursing home in and was buried in an unmarked grave. Years later, novelist Alice Walker located the grave in Fort Pierce Florida and placed a marker spunkk it. See our Privacy Policy.

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