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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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(p.157) Conclusion
Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation

Shirley Moody-Turner

University Press of Mississippi

The book’s conclusion makes an implicit call for a more nuanced genealogy connecting representations of black folklore in the post-Reconstruction era to what are typically considered the more “sophisticated” treatments of folklore in later African American literary and ethnographic works, suggesting a shared set of interests and concerns in writers from Paul Laurence Dunbar, to Zora Neale Hurston, to Ralph Ellison, to Colson Whitehead, and beyond. This approach beckons us to recover another layer in the sophisticated and nuanced ways folklore and African American literature have intersected, not just in the post-Reconstruction period, or even in the Harlem Renaissance period and beyond, but indeed from the very foundations of the African American literary tradition.

Keywords:   Zora Neale Hurston, Colson Whitehead, Ralph Ellison, Black Folklore, African American Literary tradition

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