You are not currently logged in.
Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
African American Belief Narratives and the African Cultural Tradition
Research in African Literatures
Vol. 40, No. 1, Oral Literature and Identity Formation in Africa and the Diaspora (Spring, 2009), pp. 112-126
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30131190
Page Count: 15
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
In earlier folklore research, the term "folk" was applied, first, to peasant groups in culturally homogeneous societies of Europe and, later, to minorities in the pluralistic American society. In this paper, I argue that the study of African American folklore has been particularly disadvantaged by this approach because that folklore is the product of a continuous tradition of creative cultural production that began in Africa. To illustrate how it can shed some light on the meaning and function of a contemporary narrative form, I examine recent urban legends of contamination as the expressive embodiment of traditional beliefs.
Research in African Literatures © 2009 Indiana University Press