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The Resource Dancing on the color line : African American tricksters in nineteenth-century American literature, Gretchen Martin

Dancing on the color line : African American tricksters in nineteenth-century American literature, Gretchen Martin

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Dancing on the color line : African American tricksters in nineteenth-century American literature
Title
Dancing on the color line
Title remainder
African American tricksters in nineteenth-century American literature
Statement of responsibility
Gretchen Martin
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Language
eng
Summary
"The extensive influence of the creative traditions derived from slave culture, particularly black folklore, in the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century black authors, such as Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison, has become a hallmark of African American scholarship. Yet similar inquiries regarding white authors adopting black aesthetic techniques have been largely overlooked. Gretchen Martin examines representative nineteenth-century works to explore the influence of black-authored (or narrated) works on well-known white-authored texts, particularly the impact of black oral culture evident by subversive trickster figures in John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, Joel Chandler Harris's short stories, as well as Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Pudd'nhead Wilson. As Martin indicates, such white authors show themselves to be savvy observers of the many trickster traditions and indeed a wide range of texts suggest stylistic and aesthetic influences representative of the artistry, subversive wisdom, and subtle humor in these black figures of ridicule, resistance, and repudiation. The black characters created by these white authors are often dismissed as little more than limited, demeaning stereotypes of the minstrel tradition, yet by teasing out important distinctions between the wisdom and humor signified by trickery rather than minstrelsy, Martin probes an overlooked aspect of the nineteenth-century American literary canon and reveals the extensive influence of black aesthetics on some of the most highly regarded work by white American authors"--
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1966-
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Martin, Gretchen
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS217.B55
LC item number
M37 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • American literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • African American arts
  • Tricksters in literature
  • African Americans
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology
  • African American arts
  • African Americans
  • African Americans in literature
  • American literature
  • Tricksters in literature
  • Literatur
  • Schwarze
  • Trickster
  • USA
Label
Dancing on the color line : African American tricksters in nineteenth-century American literature, Gretchen Martin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 182-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Swallow Barn's signifying son : trickster wit and subversive hero
  • Come back to the cabin ag'in, tom honey!
  • Melville's signifying monkey "starts some shit."
Control code
908374875
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 197 pages
Isbn
9781496804150
Lccn
2015019118
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025630104
System control number
(OCoLC)908374875
Label
Dancing on the color line : African American tricksters in nineteenth-century American literature, Gretchen Martin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 182-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Swallow Barn's signifying son : trickster wit and subversive hero
  • Come back to the cabin ag'in, tom honey!
  • Melville's signifying monkey "starts some shit."
Control code
908374875
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 197 pages
Isbn
9781496804150
Lccn
2015019118
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025630104
System control number
(OCoLC)908374875

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