Wishbone: Reference and Interpretation in Black Folk Narrative / Edition 1

Wishbone: Reference and Interpretation in Black Folk Narrative / Edition 1

by Laura C. Jarmon
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572332735

ISBN-13: 9781572332737

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press

Wishbone: Reference and Interpretation in Black Folk Narrative follows African American folklore to its roots in African sources, bringing together a selection of narratives from both Africa and the United States and stressing their common bond and history. Laura C. Jarmon provides synopses of a number of African and African American folk tales, giving the

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Wishbone: Reference and Interpretation in Black Folk Narrative follows African American folklore to its roots in African sources, bringing together a selection of narratives from both Africa and the United States and stressing their common bond and history. Laura C. Jarmon provides synopses of a number of African and African American folk tales, giving the reader a broad sample of tales with themes common to both cultures. Then, through analysis of form, language, and tone, she argues that black folk expression is modal, i.e., open-ended and tentative, a posture revealed in both the behavior and the discourse of the narratives’ folk participants. By tracing the folklore to it’s sources, Jarmon seeks to correct nineteenth-century suggestions that African American folklore must have its origin in European sources.

The Author: Laura C. Jarmon is professor of English at the University of Tennessee, martin. She is coeditor of Thomas Talley’s The Negro traditions (Tennessee), and author of Arbors to Bricks: A Hundred Years of African American Education in Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1865-1965. She lives in Stanton, Tennessee.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572332737
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: My Tongue Brought Me Here
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Modal Discourse
1Tar Baby: Binding and Transcription1
2Good Sense: Duty and Ambivalence28
3Buzzard: Faith and Paradox74
4Pots and Hoes: Working and Saving119
5The Skull: Presence and Propriety153
6Cursing: Sanction and Mood189
Conclusion: Humor and the Joker215
App. 1Form in Black Fold Narrative225
App. 2Usage in Black Folk Narrative267
App. 3Performance in Black Folk Narrative304
Notes326
Works Cited337
Works Consulted351
Index of Tales357
Index of Terms363

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