Shuckin' and Jivin'

Shuckin' and Jivin' : Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans

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... a rare combination of inclusiveness and honesty.... cogent introduction[s]... confirm the central point of the tales: a search for cultural identity and freedom. First-rate." -Library Journal... deserves a place alongside the classic collection of Negro tales, Mules and Men. Folktales are the stories people tell, and Shuckin' and Jivin' presents a splendid representative sheaf of the stories black Americans of all social classes tell today.... Professional folklorists will applaud Dance's candor and scholarly rigor." -Richard M. DorsonAn exciting new collection of Black American folklore, running the gamut from anecdotes concerning life among the slaves to obviously contemporary jokes. In their frank expression of racial attitudes and unexpurgated wit, these tales represent a radical departure from earlier more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253202655
  • 9780253202659

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This collection of 565 individual pieces of black folklore provides a rare combination of inclusiveness and honesty...this first-rate anthology is recommended for...general readers and more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. In the Beginning: Etiological Tales2. I Raised Hell While I Was There: Tales of Heaven and Hell3. Dese Bones Gon' Rise Again: Ghost Tales4. Somebody Clapped for Edith Las' Night: Conjure Tales5. I Hears de Call: Tales about Religion6. A Nigger Ain't Shit: Self-Degrading Tales7. Oh, Lord, Will I Ever? The White Woman and the Black Man8. I Could Eat Her Up: Tales about Women9. Be True to Me: Tales about Marital Infidelity10. Goldstein, Pat, Mike, and the Like: Ethnic Jokes11. The White Man Is the Devil: Tales about the Cruelty of Whites12. The Bottom Rail Comes to Be the Top Riser: Outsmarting Whitey13. I'm A Bad Motherfucker: Tales of the Bad Nigger14. Down in the Jungle, Out on the Farm: Miscellaneous Animal Tales15. Are You Ready for This? Miscellaneous Risque Tales16. A Potpourri: Miscellaneous Black FolkloreBiographies of Major ContributorsAnnotationsshow more

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