Chapter 13. Folklore and African American Literature in the Post-Reconstruction Era

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Shirley Moody-Turner Assistant Professor of English

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch13

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Moody-Turner, S. (2010) Folklore and African American Literature in the Post-Reconstruction Era, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. Penn State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474

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Keywords:

  • folklore and African American literature in the post-reconstruction era;
  • folklore - representing valuable connection to community and tradition;
  • enlightenment ideology- representing cognitive ability to reason and measure humanity, progress, and social status;
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar, Pauline Hopkins, and Charles W. Chesnutt - post-reconstruction African American writers;
  • masking - providing a way to expose ruptures and hypocrisies in the prevailing discourse about African Americans;
  • Hopkins - incorporating black folklore as a way to mount a critique of contemporary discourse about African Americans;
  • folklore - vehicle of discovery

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography