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Sticking Fast

Bryan Wagner

in The Tar Baby: A Global History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172637
eISBN:
9781400885619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172637.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter talks about how sticking fast is the tar baby story's essence. Once the story was reduced to this one essential element, it became possible to establish connections between variants that ... More


Folktales and Civil Rights

Michael Suk-Young Chwe

in Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691162447
eISBN:
9781400851331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691162447.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines African American folktales that teach the importance of strategic thinking and argues that they informed the tactics of the 1960s civil rights movement. It analyzes a number of ... More


Ideas of Culture

Bryan Wagner

in The Tar Baby: A Global History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172637
eISBN:
9781400885619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172637.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter traces the tar baby's intellectual reception in anthropology, literature, history, and folklore—disciplines that were being professionalized in the same decades when collectors were ... More


Say My Name

Bryan Wagner

in The Tar Baby: A Global History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172637
eISBN:
9781400885619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172637.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses how in most cases on record, the tar baby story has a three-part narrative structure: a problem statement, concerning the competition for resources between two representative ... More


Wetlands, Swamps, and Bayous: Bodies of Resistance in Kasi Lemmons's Eve's Bayou and Toni Morrison's Tar Baby

Anissa Janine Wardi

in Water and African American Memory: An Ecocritical Perspective

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780813037455
eISBN:
9780813042343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037455.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter maps the geographic and political contours of a water-saturated topography long associated with death, disease, and “blackness,” paying specific attention to swamps in Toni Morrison's ... More


States of Nature

Bryan Wagner

in The Tar Baby: A Global History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172637
eISBN:
9781400885619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172637.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Robin D. G. Kelley and Earl Lewis' standard interpretation of the tar baby story. Recurring themes in this interpretation include the affirmative emphasis on the independent ... More


The Briar Patch

Bryan Wagner

in The Tar Baby: A Global History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172637
eISBN:
9781400885619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172637.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter explores how, according to the most common interpretation, the briar patch stands as a metaphor for culture, sometimes a subculture sustained by either de facto or de jure segregation. ... More


War, Trauma, Displacement, Diaspora: Toni Morrison’s and Caryl Phillips’s African American Soldiers

Tuire Valkeakari

in Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813062471
eISBN:
9780813051963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062471.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines Toni Morrison’s and Caryl Phillips’s portraits of African American troops in World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. These authors’ stories of African American soldiers and ... More


The Tar Baby: A Global History

Bryan Wagner

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172637
eISBN:
9781400885619
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172637.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Perhaps the best-known version of the tar baby story was published in 1880 by Joel Chandler Harris in Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings, and popularized in Song of the South, the 1946 Disney ... More


Epilogue

Bryan Wagner

in The Tar Baby: A Global History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172637
eISBN:
9781400885619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172637.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This concluding chapter considers the tar baby story as the most celebrated, the most thickly documented, and the most historiographically significant case in the global trickster tradition. The ... More


“’There is the Power,’ He Thought, ‘Right There’”: Dramatizing Entropy in Tar Baby and Paradise

Herman Beavers

in Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460193
eISBN:
9781626740419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The earliest assessments of Tar Baby occurred at a moment before critics had abandoned the propensity to read African American literary texts through the aegis of racial essentialism and black ... More


Dancing with Trees and Dreamin of Yellow Dresses: The Dilemma of Jadine in Tar Baby

K. Zauditu-Selassie

in African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033280
eISBN:
9780813039060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033280.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the African cosmology and epistemology manifested in Toni Morrison's novel Tar Baby. It suggests that Morrison inscribed in this novel indigenous knowledge, representing ... More


Beginnings and Endings, Part One: Old Languages / New Bodies

Yvette Christiansë

in Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823239153
eISBN:
9780823239191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239153.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter analyzes the depiction of old languages and new bodies in the novels of Toni Morrison. It examines the relationship between apocalyptic discourse and the ordinary, even banal forms of ... More


Discovery, Conquest, and Settlement

Tessa Roynon

in Toni Morrison and the Classical Tradition: Transforming American Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199698684
eISBN:
9780191760532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698684.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, American History: pre-Columbian BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that Morrison's engagement with the classical tradition in Tar Baby and Love enables her revisionary perspective on European constructions of America's origins. It demonstrates ... More


From Witnessing to Death Dealing: On Speaking of and for the Dead

Yvette Christiansë

in Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823239153
eISBN:
9780823239191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239153.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the writings of Toni Morrison about witnessing and dealing with death. It discusses the commentaries of Giorgio Agamben and Jean-Francois Lyotard on Morrison's novels and ... More


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