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American Trickster: Trauma, Tradition and Brer Rabbit

Wednesday, August 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Emily Zobel Marshall’s book, released in June, “offers readers a unique insight into the cultural significance of the Brer Rabbit trickster figure, from his African roots and through to his influence on contemporary culture. Exploring the changing portrayals of the trickster figure through a wealth of cultural forms including folktales, advertising, fiction and films the book scrutinizes the profound tensions between the perpetuation of damaging racial stereotypes and the need to keep African-American folk traditions alive. Emily Zobel Marshall argues that Brer Rabbit was eventually reclaimed by twentieth-century African-American novelists whose protagonists ‘trick’ their way out of limiting stereotypes, break down social and cultural boundaries and offer readers practical and psychological methods for challenging the traumatic legacies of slavery and racism.”

Visit Rowman & Littlefield for more information or to purchase American Trickster: Trauma, Tradition and Brer Rabbit.   

 



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