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A groundbreaking learn of proverbs in African-American speech from slave instances to the current

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Title : African-American Proverbs in Context Publications of the American Folklore Society. New Series (Unnumbered) author : Prahlad, Sw. Anand. publisher : University Press of Mississippi isbn10 | asin : 0878058907 print isbn13 : 9780878058907 ebook isbn13 : 9780585223377 language : English subject African American proverbs, African American proverbs--History and criticism. 9/21/08996073 subject : African American proverbs, African American proverbs--History and criticism. Page i African-American Proverbs in Context Page ii Publications of the American Folklore Society, New Series Elaine J.

In many regards, I am doing what numerous African-American proverb masters with whom I have been acquainted have done: probing deeper into the dimensions of proverb meanings, attempting a clear articulation of those meanings, and celebrating the magical times when historical, cultural and personal forces intersect with the present moment. Page xiii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Because I have been involved with this study for so long, there are many people to thank. First I would like to acknowledge those who have been mentors and sources of inspiration, and who have helped me to understand the aesthetics of the worlds of scholarship and academia: Murry DePillars, Daryl C.

She gives sources that might produce multiplicity of base meaning, including "(1) . . what is understood by the concrete image presented in the proverb metaphor and (2) what is understood as the general principle expressed by this image" (825). In conclusion, she states, "that 'proverb meaning' ultimately emerges from a proverb's use in a specific context and that it is not the meaning of the proverb per se that need be our central concern but the meaning of the proverb performances" (825). Kirshenblatt-Gimblett's final conclusions are consistent with the performance-centered approach to folklore, focusing on all aspects of the aesthetic performance, including the audience, the shaping of the expression by the artist, and all ensuing interactions between the artist and the audience in the communicative process.

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