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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation
Author(s):
Shirley Moody-Turner
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038853.003.0001

The introduction details an alternative genealogy through which to approach both African American folklore studies and African American literary engagements with black folklore in the post-reconstruction period, centering African Americans as active participants, rather than merely passive repositories, in the study and representation of black folklore. It proposes a corrective to both the discipline of folklore studies and a new lens through which to read representation of folklore in African American literature. In particular, the introduction shows how developments in folklore studies were inseparable from turn-of-the-century constructions of race.

Keywords:   Post-reconstruction, Folklore Studies, African American Folklore, African American literature, Race

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