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African American Folktales

African American Folktales

by Thomas A. Green
     
 

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African American culture has a rich tradition of folktales. Written for students and general readers, this volume gathers a sampling of the most important African American folktales. Included are nearly 50 tales grouped in thematic chapters on origins; heroes, heroines, villains, and fools; society and conflict; and the supernatural. Each tale begins with an

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African American culture has a rich tradition of folktales. Written for students and general readers, this volume gathers a sampling of the most important African American folktales. Included are nearly 50 tales grouped in thematic chapters on origins; heroes, heroines, villains, and fools; society and conflict; and the supernatural. Each tale begins with an introductory headnote, and the book closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students learning about literature and language will gain a greater understanding of African American oral traditions, while social studies students will learn more about African American culture.

African American culture has long been recognized for its richness and breadth. Central to that tradition is a large body of folklore, which continues to figure prominently in literature, film, and popular culture. Written for students and general readers, this book conveniently gathers and comments on nearly 50 African American folktales. Included are fictional tales, legends, myths, and personal experience narratives. These exemplify the vast diversity of African American culture and language.

The tales are grouped in thematic sections on origins; heroes, heroines, villains, and fools; society and conflict; and the supernatural. Each tale is introduced by a brief headnote, and the volume closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students learning about literature and language will gain a greater understanding of African American oral traditions, while students of history will learn more about African American culture.

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"Aimed at students, educators, and general readers, this volume collects 50 folktales from the African American tradition, including fictional tales, legends, myths, and personal experience narratives, with brief introductions to each. Green (anthropology, Texas A&M U.) organizes tales by theme: origins, heroes, heroines, villains, and fools, society and conflict, and the supernatural. Tales have been modified from their original forms." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313362965
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/20/2009
Series:
Stories from the American Mosaic
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
184
File size:
269 KB

Meet the Author

THOMAS A. GREEN is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. His many books include The Greenwood Library of American Folktales (2006), and The Greenwood Library of World Folktales (2008).

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