Jack in Two Worlds Contemporary North American Tales and Their Tellers

ISBN-10: 0807844438
ISBN-13: 9780807844434
Edition: 1994
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 7/29/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The "Jack" known to all of us from "Jack and the Beanstalk" is the hero of a cycle of tales brought to this country from the British Isles.Jack in Two Worldsis a unique collection that brings together eight of these stories as transcribed from actual performances by tellers and eight interpretive essays by leading folktale scholars. The "two worlds" in the book's title refer to the Jack tales' popularity first among traditional Appalachian taletellers and now among storytelling revivalists. The tellers included in this volume represent both worlds. Unlike previous collections of Jack tales, in which the stories were heavily revised and rewritten, the tales in this volume have been transcribed verbatim and are presented in a format that preserves much of the oral quality of the taletellers' craft. The result is a body of richly nuanced tales that can be read with pleasure both by scholars who are studying the Jack tale tradition and by general readers who love a good story. The taletellers are Stewart Cameron, Donald Davis, Ray Hicks, Bonelyn Lugg Kyofski, Maud Long, Frank Proffitt, Jr., Leonard Roberts, and Marshall Ward. The essayists are Bill Ellis, Carl Lindahl, William Bernard McCarthy, W. F. H. Nicolaisen, Cheryl Oxford, Joseph Daniel Sobol, Kay Stone, Ruth Stotter, and Kenneth A. Thigpen.

Preface
Introduction: Jacks: The Name, the Tales, the American Traditions
Note on the Texts: Transcribing Jack Tales in Performance
Jack in the Raw: Ray Hicks
Hardy Hard-Ass
Jack, My Father, and Uncle Ray: Frank Proffitt, Jr.
Jack and the Old Rich Man
The Storyteller as Curator: Marshall Ward
Jack in the Lions' Den
The Gentry-Long Tradition and Roots of Revivalism: Maud Gentry Long
Jack and the Heifer Hide
The Teller and the Tale: Storytelling on Beech Mountain
The Tellers and the Tales: Revivalist Storytelling
What Jack Learned at School: Leonard Roberts
Raglif Jaglif Tetartlif Pole
Between Worlds: Donald Davis
Jack's Biggest Tale
A Jack Tale Tradition in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier: Bonelyn Lugg Kyofski
Grandma Hess's Story about Jack, Bill, and Tom
Jack's Adventure in Toronto: Stewart Cameron
Jack and the Three Feathers
References
Index: Tale and Song
Index: Place and Name
Index: Subject

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