Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore / Edition 1

Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore / Edition 1

by Alan Dundes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0878054782

ISBN-13: 9780878054787

Pub. Date: 12/28/1990

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Exploring the scope, diversity, and vitality of black culture, here is a fascinating collection of more than sixty articles from some of the most perceptive and authoritative commentators upon the black experience—Zora Neale Hurston, J. Mason Brewer, Sterling A. Brown, Eldridge Cleaver, Willis Laurence James, John Lovell Jr., Langston Hughes, Charles W.

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Exploring the scope, diversity, and vitality of black culture, here is a fascinating collection of more than sixty articles from some of the most perceptive and authoritative commentators upon the black experience—Zora Neale Hurston, J. Mason Brewer, Sterling A. Brown, Eldridge Cleaver, Willis Laurence James, John Lovell Jr., Langston Hughes, Charles W. Chesnutt, Alan Lomax, Ralph Ellison, A. Philip Randolph, Newbell Niles Puckett, Roger D. Abrahams, and many others.

Readers cannot help coming away from this book with a new appreciation of the nature and richness of African American folklore. For those with little or no previous knowledge of this heterogeneous and spellbinding lore Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel will be an eye-opening encounter.

Drawn out of the deep, rich well of African American culture, these essays convey the import of the black folk experience for all Americans. No library or individual with a serious interest in African American folklore should fail to own this remarkable anthology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878054787
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
12/28/1990
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
700
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Preface to the 1973 Editionxii
Folk & Lore1
Race Pride & Folklore3
As Crinkly as Yours9
My People! My People!22
The Negro Folk Cult34
Backgrounds of Folklore in Negro Literature39
The Negro Writer in America: An Exchange45
I.The Folk Tradition46
II.Change The Joke And Slip The Yoke56
On Origins65
The Negro-White Spiritual67
African Influence on the Music of the Americas81
Residual African Elements in the Blues95
Jazz Choreology104
African Tales Among the North American Indians114
Problems Confronting the Investigator of Gullah126
Americanisms That May Once Have Been Africanisms136
Folk Speech141
Designations for Colored Folk142
Names of American Negro Slaves156
On the Grammar of Afro-American Naming Practices175
Black Ulysses in Camp182
Dialogues of the Old & the New Porter199
The Technique of Jive206
Story in Harlem Slang222
The Language of Soul230
Hidden Language: Ghetto Children Know What They're Talking About238
Verbal Art245
Old-Time Negro Proverbs246
Old-Time Courtship Conversation251
Double Meaning in the Popular Negro Blues258
I Can Peep Through Muddy Water & Spy Dry Land: Boasts in the Blues267
The Dozens: Dialectic of Insult277
Playing the Dozens295
Signifying310
Toasts329
Meet "Mr. Franklin": An Example of Usage348
Street Smarts353
Folk Belief357
Conjuring & Conjure-Doctors359
Superstitions & Folklore of the South369
Braziel Robinson Possessed of Two Spirits377
Mojo380
The Little Man388
The Human Hand Threat397
Contemporary Patterns of Malign Occultism Among Negroes in North Carolina402
Symbiosis: The Case of Hoodoo & the Numbers Racket419
Folk Music429
The Romance of the Negro Folk Cry in America430
Negro "Shouts" from Georgia445
The Social Implications of the Negro Spiritual452
Follow the Drinking Gourd465
I Got the Blues469
Protest and Irony in Negro Folksong487
Social Influences on Jazz Style: Chicago, 1920-30501
The Acculturation of the Delta Negro515
Folk Narrative523
Uncle Remus & the Malevolent Rabbit524
High John de Conquer541
Negro Humor: John & Old Marster549
The Steel Drivin' Man561
The Career of "John Henry"568
Ba-ad Nigger578
The Ghostly Legend of the Ku-Klux Klan586
Caddy Buffers: Legends of a Middle-Class Negro Family in Philadelphia595
Folk Humor611
Frontiers of Humor: American Vernacular Dance613
Humor as a Technique in Race Conflict620
Jokes Among Southern Negroes: The Revelation of Conflict628
Jokes Negroes Tell on Themselves637
Genital Superiority in Oakland Negro Folklore: A Theme642
Jokes and Black Consciousness: A Collection with Interviews649
Suggestions for Further Reading in American Negro Folklore670
Addendum673
Additional Sources for Afro-American Scholarship675

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