The Annotated African American Folktales

Author: Henry Louis Gates
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
ISBN: 0871407566
Format: PDF
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These nearly 150 African American folktales animate our past and reclaim a lost cultural legacy to redefine American literature. Drawing from the great folklorists of the past while expanding African American lore with dozens of tales rarely seen before, The Annotated African American Folktales revolutionizes the canon like no other volume. Following in the tradition of such classics as Arthur Huff Fauset’s “Negro Folk Tales from the South” (1927), Zora Neale Hurston’s Mules and Men (1935), and Virginia Hamilton’s The People Could Fly (1985), acclaimed scholars Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar assemble a groundbreaking collection of folktales, myths, and legends that revitalizes a vibrant African American past to produce the most comprehensive and ambitious collection of African American folktales ever published in American literary history. Arguing for the value of these deceptively simple stories as part of a sophisticated, complex, and heterogeneous cultural heritage, Gates and Tatar show how these remarkable stories deserve a place alongside the classic works of African American literature, and American literature more broadly. Opening with two introductory essays and twenty seminal African tales as historical background, Gates and Tatar present nearly 150 African American stories, among them familiar Brer Rabbit classics, but also stories like “The Talking Skull” and “Witches Who Ride,” as well as out-of-print tales from the 1890s’ Southern Workman. Beginning with the figure of Anansi, the African trickster, master of improvisation—a spider who plots and weaves in scandalous ways—The Annotated African American Folktales then goes on to draw Caribbean and Creole tales into the orbit of the folkloric canon. It retrieves stories not seen since the Harlem Renaissance and brings back archival tales of “Negro folklore” that Booker T. Washington proclaimed had emanated from a “grapevine” that existed even before the American Revolution, stories brought over by slaves who had survived the Middle Passage. Furthermore, Gates and Tatar’s volume not only defines a new canon but reveals how these folktales were hijacked and misappropriated in previous incarnations, egregiously by Joel Chandler Harris, a Southern newspaperman, as well as by Walt Disney, who cannibalized and capitalized on Harris’s volumes by creating cartoon characters drawn from this African American lore. Presenting these tales with illuminating annotations and hundreds of revelatory illustrations, The Annotated African American Folktales reminds us that stories not only move, entertain, and instruct but, more fundamentally, inspire and keep hope alive. The Annotated African American Folktales includes: Introductory essays, nearly 150 African American stories, and 20 seminal African tales as historical background The familiar Brer Rabbit classics, as well as news-making vernacular tales from the 1890s’ Southern Workman An entire section of Caribbean and Latin American folktales that finally become incorporated into the canon Approximately 200 full-color, museum-quality images

African American Folktales

Author: Roger Abrahams
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780307803184
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Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from the earthy comedy of tricksters to accounts of 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 include stories set down in nineteenth-century travelers' reports and plantation journals, 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. With black-and-white illustrations throughout Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folkore Library

Her Stories

Author: Virginia Hamilton
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780590473705
Format: PDF
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A collection of twenty-five African-American folktales focuses on strong female characters and includes "Little Girl and Bruh Rabby," "Catskinella," and "Annie Christmas." By the author of The People Could Fly.

African American Folktales for Young Readers

Author: Richard Young
Publisher: august house
ISBN: 9780874833089
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A collection of folktales from the African-American oral tradition, presented as they have been told by professional black storytellers from Rhode Island to Oklahoma.

Black Folktales

Author: Julius Lester
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802132420
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The author interprets twelve traditional stories and legends of the Black culture

African American Folktales

Author: Thomas A. Green
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313362955
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Gathers together nearly 50 of the most important African American folktales along with introductions and suggestions for further reading.

Retold African American Folktales

Author: David Haynes
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780780765740
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Offers a collection of fourteen adapted African-American myths arranged in four categories: friendship, tricksters, how and why, and right and wrong.

The People Could Fly

Author: Virginia Hamilton
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0679843361
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Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope.

The Hired Hand

Author: Robert D. San Souci
Publisher: Dial
ISBN: 9780803712966
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Old Sam hires a man to help out at his saw mill, and the hired hand also teaches Sam's lazy son a lesson about how to treat people.

African Folktales

Author: Roger Abrahams
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307803198
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A collection of Africa’s most cherished folktales, including myths of creation, tales of epic deeds, ghost stories and tales set in both the animal and human realms. Featuring beautiful black and white illustrations throughout, this Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library edition brings nearly one hundred stories from over forty tribe-related myths to life. An essential collection of stories from across Africa that will enchant readers of all ages.