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ERIC Number: ED081247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 673
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Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore.
Dundes, Alan
This book seeks to raise some of the critical theoretical issues involved in the study of American negro folklore in all its major forms. Along with the presentation of texts, the concern here is for the meaning and significance of the folklore and its interpretations as expressed by a variety of authors. The selections are divided into eight sections. The first concerns attitudes, positive and negative, toward American negro folklore. The second samples the longstanding and ongoing debate about the origins of American folklore. The third section deals with folk speech with special reference to traditional names and slang; the fourth considers in detail many of the most important forms of traditional word play. The fifth section treats custom and belief, while the sixth attempts to examine the area of American negro folksong. The seventh section investigates narrative forms which include folktales, legends, and memorates. The final section is devoted to analyses of traditional humor. (Author)
Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632 ($12.50, cloth; $7.95, paper)
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