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Alexandra Nass AASP202 February 14, 2012 WP: Week 4 (Levine, 102-135) Toward the end of his discussion of trickster tales, Levine posits two possible interpreations of these tales, what are these interpretations? What is significant about each? Levine makes clear that there was a short distance between trickster  tactics in life and those that constituted the tales black folks created. He states  that “ trickster tales were a prolonged and telling parody of white society.” Levine  believes the trickster tales reveal that blacks often share the same concerns  about life that white people did. He uses the example of the concept of black 
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Unformatted text preview: toasts. Throughout Levine’s words, he talks about how the black preachers existed and were important figures respected by black people as far back as the first conversions of African-Americans to Christianity. The trickster tale consists of a confrontation where the weak uses their wits to evade the strong. This however did not prove victory to be enough, and learn the brutal ways of the more powerful. Denying the interpretations of the slaves were problematic because they ignore much of the complexity and and ambiguity within the tales....
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course AASP 202 taught by Professor Choflet during the Spring '10 term at Maryland.

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