African American Folktales Stories from Black Traditions in the New World

ISBN-10: 0375705392
ISBN-13: 9780375705397
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Description: From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice). Full  More...

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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/9/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice). Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from the earthy comedy of tricksters to stories explaining how the world was created and got to be the way it is, to moral fables that tell of encounters between masters and slaves. They includes stories set down in travelers' reports and plantation journals from the early nineteenth century, tales gathered by collectors such as Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded by Roger Abrahams himself during extensive expeditions throughout the American South and the Caribbean.

Roger D. Abrahams is Hum Rosen Professor (Emeritus) of Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania.

Preface
Introduction
Never Seen His Equal
The Man Makes and the Woman Takes
Bringing Men and Women Together
The Fight over Life
The Wind and the Water Fighting
The Word the Devil Made Up
The Knee-High Man Tries to Get Sizable
Pig's Long Nose and Greedy Mouth
Getting Common Sense
Hankering for a Long Tail
The Devil's Doing
The John Crows Lose Their Hair
Tadpole Loses His Tail
The Owl Never Sleeps at Night
Why Hens Are Afraid of Owls
The Gifts of Dipper and Cowhide
Buh Nansi Scares Buh Lion
Testing the Good Lord
Mr. Possum Loves Peace
Get Back, Get Back
No Justice on Earth
Meeting the King of the World
Mr. Bamancoo Gets Dropped
The Tug-of-War between Elephant and Whale
Tiger Becomes a Riding Horse
The Telltale Pepper Bush
Making the Stone Smoke
The Latest Song
The Signifying Monkey
The Singing Bones
A Boarhog for a Husband
The Woman Who Was a Bird
My Mother Killed Me, My Father Ate Me
What Makes Brer Wasp Have a Short Patience
Between the Fiddler and the Dancer
Being Greedy Chokes Anansi
The Doings and Undoings of the Dogoshes
Spreading Fingers for Friendship
Don't Shoot Me, Dyer, Don't Shoot Me
Little Eight John
The Poor Man and the Snake
The Little Bird Grows
Tricking All the Kings
The Feast on the Mountain and the Feast under the Water
Hide Anger until Tomorrow
Buying Two Empty Hands
Cutta Cord-La
Brer Bear's Grapevine
A Foolish Mother
Old Granny Grinny Granny
You Never Know What Trouble Is until It Finds You
He Pays for the Provisions
The Cunning Cockroach
Little Boy-Bear Nurses the Alligator Children
The Girl Made of Butter
Poppa Stole the Deacon's Bull
The Trouble with Helping Out
The Rooster Goes Away in a Huff
Why They Name the Stories for Anansi
Brother Rabbit Takes a Walk
The Lion in the Well
A License to Steal
The Race between Toad and Donkey
Crawling into the Elephant's Belly
A Strange Way to Sleep
Goobers Gone, Rabbit Gone
Assaulting All the Senses
Brer Rabbit's Riddle
The Horned Animals' Party
Anansi Plays Dead
Anansi Climbs the Wall
Dancing to the River
"Trouble" Coming Down the Road
No Chicken Tonight
Golden Breasts, Diamond Navel, Chain of Gold
The Flying Contest
Loggerhead
Trying to Get the Goldstone
Stackolee
Escaping, Slowly
Turning into Nouna - Nothing
The Old Bull and the Young One
Fasting for the Hand of the Queen's Daughter
Weak in the Day and Strong at Night
Jack Beats the Devil
Three Killed Florrie, Florrie Killed Ten
They Both Had Dead Horses
You Talk Too Much, Anyhow
Making the Eyes Run
Making a Wagon from a Wheelbarrow
The One-Legged Turkey
John Outruns the Lord
A Flying Fool
Horses Stay Outside
The Sinking of the Titanic
Competition for Laziness
John Outwits Mr. Berkeley
Black Jack and White Jack
Philanewyork
The Barn Is Burning
Big-Gut, Big-Head, Stringy-Leg
A Chain of Won'ts
Animal Talk
A Comic Conversation
A Smoking Story
The Things That Talked
Endings
Appendix: Sources, Annotations, and Index of Tales
Bibliography
Permissions Acknowledgments

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