Jerz: Am Lit I (EL 266)

Discuss ''Br'er Rabbit'' (posted 1 November 2004)" ?>

Br'er Rabbit ("Brother Rabbit") is a trickster character from African American folk culture. (Bugs Bunny is also a trickster, though I wouldn't take that comparison too far.)

Uncle Remus is a fictional storyteller, created by the white newspaperman Joel Chandler Harris, whose whimsical narrations of "life on the plantation" exposed wide audiences to folk culture and folk wisdom, but at the same time helped perpetuate certain romanticized notions of life in the deep south.

I am asking you to read

  1. Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boy
  2. The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story
  3. Why the Negro is Black

You can find analyses for each of these stories on this project page at the University of Virginia. (It appears to be an old student project.)

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