African-American Proverbs in Context (Publications of the American Folklore Society)

African-American Proverbs in Context (Publications of the American Folklore Society)

African American Proverbs in Context Publications of the American Folklore Society Such sayings as Hard times make a monkey eat red pepper when he don t care for black The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice and Nothing ruins a duck but its bill convey not only axiomatic impa

  • Title: African-American Proverbs in Context (Publications of the American Folklore Society)
  • Author: Anand Prahlad
  • ISBN: 9780878058907
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • Such sayings as Hard times make a monkey eat red pepper when he don t care for black, The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice, and Nothing ruins a duck but its bill convey not only axiomatic impact but also profound contextual meanings This study of African American proverbs is the first to probe deeply into these meanings and contexts Sw Anand Prahlad s inteSuch sayings as Hard times make a monkey eat red pepper when he don t care for black, The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice, and Nothing ruins a duck but its bill convey not only axiomatic impact but also profound contextual meanings This study of African American proverbs is the first to probe deeply into these meanings and contexts Sw Anand Prahlad s interest in proverbs dates back to his own childhood in rural Virginia when he listened to his great grandmother s stories Very early he began collecting sayings In researching this book, he spent five years listening for proverbs spoken in bars, clubs, churches, and retirement homes on street corners, basketball courts, and public buses at PTA meetings and bingo games To discover the full context of a proverb, Prahlad considers four levels of meanings grammatical, cultural, situational, and symbolic All these operate simultaneously when a proverb is spoken Part of the artistry in using proverbs comes from the complex interplay of the dimensions of their meanings From WPA interviews with former slaves, from the lyrics of blues songs, from extensive field research, and from expressions of protest and cultural affirmation, the author reveals the myriad ways African American proverbs thrive today.

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