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The tar baby : a global history, Bryan Wagner

Label
The tar baby : a global history
Title
The tar baby
Title remainder
a global history
Statement of responsibility
Bryan Wagner
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 movie. Other versions of the story, however, have surfaced in many other places throughout the world, including Nigeria, Brazil, Corsica, Jamaica, India, and the Philippines. The Tar Baby offers a fresh analysis of this deceptively simple story about a fox, a rabbit, and a doll made of tar and turpentine, tracing its history and its connections to slavery, colonialism, and global trade. Bryan Wagner explores how the tar baby story, thought to have originated in Africa, came to exist in hundreds of forms on five continents. Examining its variation, reception, and dispersal over time, he argues that the story is best understood not merely as a folktale but as a collective work in political philosophy. Circulating at the same time and in the same places as new ideas about property and politics developed in colonial law and political economy, the tar baby comes to embody an understanding of the interlocking processes by which custom was criminalized, slaves were captured, and labor was bought and sold. Compellingly argued and ambitious in scope, the book concludes with twelve versions of the story transcribed from various cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wagner, Bryan
Dewey number
398.2452
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GR111.A47
LC item number
W34 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Harris, Joel Chandler
  • Harris, Joel Chandler
  • Harris, Joel C
  • Harris, Joel Chandler
  • Animals
  • African Americans
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • African Americans
  • Animals
  • Cross-cultural studies
Target audience
adult
Label
The tar baby : a global history, Bryan Wagner
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ideas of culture -- States of nature -- Sticking fast -- Say my name -- The briar patch -- Twelve examples
Control code
ocn958799654
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 261 pages
Isbn
9780691172637
Lccn
2016945502
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The tar baby : a global history, Bryan Wagner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ideas of culture -- States of nature -- Sticking fast -- Say my name -- The briar patch -- Twelve examples
Control code
ocn958799654
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 261 pages
Isbn
9780691172637
Lccn
2016945502
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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