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Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation$
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Shirley Moody-Turner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038853

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038853.001.0001

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Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation

Shirley Moody-Turner

University Press of Mississippi

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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