The Annotated African American Folktales

The Annotated African American Folktales


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Summary: Drawing from the great folklorists of the past while expanding African American lore with dozens of tales rarely seen before, this book revolutionizes the canon like no other volume. Following in the tradition of such classics as Arthur Huff Fauset's "Negro Folk Tales from the South" (1927), Zora Neale Hurston's "Mules and Men" (1935), and Virginia Hamilton's "The People Could Fly" (1985), acclaimed scholars Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar assemble a groundbreaking collection of folktales, myths, and legends that revitalizes a vibrant African American past to produce the most comprehensive and ambitious collection of African American folktales ever published in American literary history. Arguing for the value of these deceptively simple stories as part of a sophisticated, complex, and heterogeneous cultural heritage, Gates and Tatar show how these remarkable stories deserve a place alongside the classic works of African American literature, and American literature more broadly....  more »
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First edition.

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Foreword : The politics of "Negro folklore" / by Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- Introduction : Recovering a cultural tradition / by Maria Tatar -- African tales. Making sense of the world with Anansi : stories, wisdom, and contradiction -- Figuring it out : facing complications with dilemma tales -- Adding enchantment to wisdom : fairy tales work their magic -- Telling tales today : oral narratives from Africa -- African American tales. Defiance and desire : flying Africans and magical instruments -- Fears and phobias : witches, hants, and spooks -- Speech and silence : talking skulls and singing tortoises -- Silence and passive resistance : the tar-baby story -- Kindness and treachery : slipping the trap -- Joel Chandler Harris and the Uncle Remus tales -- Folklore from the Southern Workman and the Journal of American Folklore -- Folktales from The Brownies' Book -- Zora Neale Hurston collects African American folklore -- Lessons in laughter : tales about John and Old Master -- How in the world? : pourquoi tales -- Ballads : heroes, outlaws, and monkey business -- Artists, pro and con : preacher tales -- Folkloric cousins abroad : tales from Caribbean and Latin American cultures -- Something borrowed, something blue : fairy tales -- Prefaces to collections and manifestos about collecting African American lore -- Poets and philosophers remember stories : meditations on African American lore -- Image gallery. Tale-telling sites : at home and in common spaces -- Tale-telling sites : places of labor -- Illustrated poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar -- Joel Chandler Harris and the Uncle Remus tales.



Physical Description :

xcii, 651 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm

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  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 627-651).
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