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Jubilee as a folk novel

The representation of religion, songs, folk beliefs, medicine and food in Margaret Walker’s narrative

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,5, University of Cologne, course: Einführungsseminar Literaturwissenschaft Teil B: The Neo-Slave Narrative, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: On nearly 500 pages Margaret Walker tells the story of her.

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Titel: Jubilee as a folk novel
Autoren/Herausgeber: Katharina Schäfer
Ausgabe: 1., Auflage

ISBN/EAN: 9783640102501

Seitenzahl: 17
Produktform: E-Book
Sprache: Englisch

Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,5, University of Cologne, course: Einführungsseminar Literaturwissenschaft Teil B: The Neo-Slave Narrative, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: On nearly 500 pages Margaret Walker tells the story of her great-grandmother. Jubilee is the story about Vyry, a black female slave who longs for freedom and finally gains it, at least officially, after the Civil War years. Besides this individual destiny, the novel contains historical sections and information about political developments during that time, several complex characters in addition to Vyry and inside views even of white characters, detailed descriptions of the slaves’ everyday life, their family structures, their language and their hierarchies. My term paper will deal with those elements which turn Jubilee into a folk novel, i.e. an account of African American traditions which were passed from generation to generation orally. It was clear to me that Walker had intended to write a kind of folk novel when I read
her dedication: She dedicated her first and only novel to her family, especially to her
four children so “that they may know something of their heritage”. Apparently, family
boundaries and traditions do not only play a major role in the novel but also did in
Walker’s own life. After reading Walker’s essay “How I wrote Jubilee” there was
further evidence found for my initial intuition. There she mentions: “I always intended
Jubilee to be a folk novel based on folk material: folk sayings, folk belief, folkways.”
(Walker 1973: 62). Furthermore, the origin of Jubilee is a piece of oral tradition itself.
According to the same essay, her grandmother had told her stories about slave life in
Georgia ever since she was a child (Walker 1973: 51). As an adult she carried out a
long-lasting research because she was determined “to authenticate the story I had
heard from my grandmother’s lips” (Walker 1973: 56). The task of this term paper will be to find instances where its characteristics as a
folk novel become obvious. To fulfil this task I will begin with a summary of the novel
and I will provide a working definition of the term “folklore”. Afterwards there will be a
closer investigation of some folkloric categories which are represented in Jubilee.

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