Joel Chandler Harris | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Kathleen Light

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Joel Chandler Harris.
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Critical Essay by Kathleen Light

SOURCE: "Uncle Remus and the Folklorists," in The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. VII, No. 2, Spring, 1975, pp. 88-104.

Below, Light examines Harris's perception of the ethnological significance of his Uncle Remus stories.

No one was more surprised than Joel Chandler Harris himself to learn that the Negro animal fables he had written for the Atlanta Constitution had a "scientific" as well as a literary value. Yet within six months of the first weekly installment of the stories in the Constitution on November 16, 1879, John Wesley Powell of the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology had written him concerning their ethnological importance. Powell's was but the first of a flood of such communications. As Harris later recalled, the collection of the stories under the title Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings, published in December, 1880, "brought...

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