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Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me: African American Nar

  Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me is considered one of the great, classic collections of African-American literature and folklore. Originally published by in 1974 in hardcover only, it quickly gained the reputation as a classic collection of Black folk poetry known as 'toasts.' Toasts are probably the only living form of oral narrative poetry in the U.S.; they represent a vital genre of black folklore. They come from various sources: from streetcorners to jails, from barrooms to academic halls. The toasts celebrate mythological figures from African-American culture, including the famed 'bad man' Stackolee who is said to have murdered a man over a Stetson hat; the famous exploits of the 'Signifying Monkey,' who outsmarts his stronger opponents in the forest by using his native wits; and stories of the loss of the Titanic, famed in black folklore because of its symbolic significance as a failure of the era's powerful white establishment-and the (perhaps apocryphal) story that the ship's owner had refused to sell tickets to famed blacks including prize figher Jack Johnson. Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me will delight students of African-American culture and folklore, and anyone who enjoys the double entendres and hidden meanings found in the oral tradition, from its African roots to contemporary rap.

Folk Women and Indirection in Morrison, Ní Dhuibhne, Hurston, and Lavin

  Focusing on the lineage and traditions of pivotal African American and Irish women writers, Jacqueline Fulmer traces the line of descent from Mary Lavin to Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and from Zora Neale Hurston to Toni Morrison. She argues that these authors adopt strategies of indirection influenced by folklore, such as signifying, masking, sly civility, and the grotesque. Their magical and magisterial folk women characters entice readers toward controversial subjects.

Nights with Uncle Remus

  A vibrant collection of African-American folklore For more than a hundred years, the tales of Joel Chandler Harris have entertained and influenced both readers and writers. Nights with Uncle Remus gathers seventy-one of Harris's most popular narratives, featuring African American trickster tales, etiological myths, Sea Island legends, and chilling ghost stories. Told through the distinct voices of four slave storytellers, indispensable tales like ''The Moon in the Mill-Pond'' and other Brer Rabbit stories have inspired writers from Mark Twain to William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston to Toni Morrison, and helped revolutionize modern children's literature and folktale collecting.

Celtic Night

  A modern retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this story of a 15-year-old American girl's experience studying abroad in the Irish countryside borrows elements from Irish folklore and escapist-fantasy fiction. Adjustment to life with an Irish family is hard at first, but she forges a bond with her new school friends when, late one night, they slip out into the surrounding woods and revel with fairy-like creatures at a magical wedding party. Real settings in Ireland provide the backdrop for the story, and the Shakespearean storyline serves well to depict an adolescent's breakthrough from outsider status to membership in an enchanted society.


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