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Anansi and Brer Rabbit: The Trans-Atlantic Trickster in Black Histories


As part of a series of events to recognise Black History Month, this talk offers a unique insight into the cultural significance of the Brer Rabbit and Anansi trickster figures, tracing them from their African roots, examining their role on the plantations as resistance figures and exploring their profound influence on contemporary culture.

What happened to the African trickster in the Americas?

Was folklore used to resist oppression?

Why did Brer Rabbit become associated with the minstrel figure while Anansi became a Jamaican national hero?

The talk, by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, offers a unique insight into the cultural significance of the Brer Rabbit and Anansi trickster figures, tracing them from their African roots, examining their role on the plantations as resistance figures and exploring their profound influence on contemporary culture. Emily will be launching her latest book: American Trickster: Trauma Tradition and Brer Rabbit (Rowman and Littlefield 2019) and discussing the role of the wily trickster figure in the cultures of the African diaspora. Copies of Emily’s books will be available to purchase at a discount price at the event.

NO BOOKING REQUIRED, PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS

american trickster front coveranansi spider in a web book front cover

 


Event Details

17 October 2019 -
17 October 2019
17:00-18:30
Broadcasting Place (BPA) 303, Leeds Beckett University, City Campus
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