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The Conjure Stories

The Conjure Stories This Norton Critical Edition of The Conjure Stories arranges the tales chronologically by composition date allowing readers to discern how Chesnutt experimented with plots and characters and with the

This Norton Critical Edition of The Conjure Stories arranges the tales chronologically by composition date, allowing readers to discern how Chesnutt experimented with plots and characters and with the idea of the conjure story over time With one exception, the text of each tale is that of the original publication The text of The Dumb Witness was established from two tThis Norton Critical Edition of The Conjure Stories arranges the tales chronologically by composition date, allowing readers to discern how Chesnutt experimented with plots and characters and with the idea of the conjure story over time With one exception, the text of each tale is that of the original publication The text of The Dumb Witness was established from two typescripts held at the archives of Fisk University The stories are accompanied by a thorough and thought provoking introduction, detailed explanatory annotations, and illustrative materials Contexts presents a wealth of materials chosen by the editors to enrich the reader s understanding of these canonical stories, including a map of the landscape of the conjure tales, Chesnutt s journal entry as he began writing fiction of the South, as well as writings by Chesnutt, William Wells Brown, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, among others, on the stories central motifs folklore, superstition, voodoo, race, and social identity in the South following the Civil War Criticism is divided into two parts Early Criticism collects critical notices for The Conjure Woman that suggest the volume s initial reception, assessments by William Dean Howells and Benjamin Brawley, and a biographical excerpt by the author s daughter, Helen Chesnutt Modern Criticism demonstrates rich and enduring interest in The Conjure Stories with ten important essays by Robert Hemenway, Willi

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  1. Charles W. Chesnutt Robert B. Stepto Jennifer Rae Greeson says:
    Charles Waddell Chesnutt was an author, essayist and political activist, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity.

Comment 182 on “The Conjure Stories

  1. Lady Shockley says:
    The Conjure Woman is a series of stories set in the post Civil War south, told by a former slave who now works for the Northern carpetbagging family that has bought the old plantation where he lives While they are much like the Uncle Remus stories of B rer Fox and B rer Bear, in that they also make use of a native narrator who talks in dialect, the Conjure Woman stories speak much openly about the horrors of slavery That this is done in an off hand, that s Just what happened tone makes it that [...]

  2. Nancy Oakes says:
    On the surface, this book seems to be a series of tales that hark back to the days of plantations and slavery, all connected by The Conjure Woman, who, for a small payment, helps ease the trials and hardships of the slaves by her goopherin The book begins when a man, John, and his wife, Annie, move to North Carolina for Annie s health, and they meet Uncle Julius, who becomes their paid servant Whenever John has plans for his land, he discusses his ideas with Uncle Julius, who then relates a tale [...]

  3. Cassandra Carico says:
    I picked this up for 1, and since it contains early tales of hoodoo, I wanted to see what I could learn from it The stories are about a brilliant man named Julius who used his stories to aid others, and himself, in working through their cares I adored this book and found it full of beauty I wish I d known Julius.

  4. Lindsey says:
    Chesnutt should be commended for writing almost exclusively in black vernacular of the post Civil War era in the U.S from the point of view of a free black man These stories are exhaustingly difficult to read, yet are also enjoyable if read aloud The authenticity of the language is undeniable The conjure tales were fascinating and whimsical Slaves believed family and love to be important than freedom in these tales which I found touching My only criticism is that the tales are strewn together t [...]

  5. Shannon says:
    What Chesnutt should be wholly commended for is his writing in a black vernacular and providing a freed slave with an opportunity for narrative What he SHOULDN T be commended on is how awful and condescending the character of John is Maybe that s the point Maybe John s just really fucking annoying.

  6. Abie Boland says:
    Po Sandy is a southern American gothic tale with quintessentially Southern American dialect which makes it rather a difficult task to read The plot describes an old slave named sandy who comes back as a ghost to haunt due to his repression of being a slave.

  7. Lisa Lawrence says:
    African American folk tales that portray slaves coping w life under the control of what must have seemed overwhelming outside power Fun, yet sad.

  8. Deb cambria says:
    I like this book but I listened to it on audible and it was hard to understand I think it would have been better to read it in print Seems to be a good American history lesson at the very least.

  9. Mike says:
    Chesnutt s collection revolves around the frame narrative of a carpetbagger and his wife John and Annie settling in post Civil War North Carolina to take over a vineyard, where they encounter Uncle Julius, a freed slave who remains on the land as a type of sharecropper caretaker, working for his new white bosses Uncle Julius tells dialect stories of old plantation life to entertain John and Annie, appearing to be a subversive parody of the Uncle Remus character, whose folksy tales and stories en [...]

  10. Jenn says:
    2017 Read Harder Read a classic by an author of color

  11. Basia says:
    The Conjure woman was a pretty good book as an English assignment, though not one I would normally choose to read It had interesting tales that showed a window into the culture of slaves and their beliefs As well, the book looked into the deeper reasons behind these tales, as they often taught a lesson that, although not always something to live by, could be used to persuade someone Julius occasionally used these lessons for his own gain, and other times he used them to lead people into making t [...]

  12. Stefan Yates says:
    The Conjure Woman and Other Tales is a collection of short stories tied together under the umbrella of a frame story in which a white northern couple has relocated to the South and has met a man on their property who they hire on as caretaker The poor black southerner regales them with tales which they find entertaining but are actually pointing a finger directly at them The book was first published in the late 1800 s and the dialect is that of a poor southern black man and the stories themselve [...]

  13. Angie says:
    Major Fields 12 133White authors have failed to write across the color line, but black authors can do both, and Chesnutt writes a character that can do it as well Genre of the local color narrative, where an outsider comes to a very specific region and reports to readers the specific customs of the locations Realist, descriptive, a location the presumed reader doesn t already know about Phonetic representation of speech Portrays characters sympathetically Tends to be superficial Often set in rur [...]

  14. Cindy says:
    Themes slavery, race, magic, sneaky ways for the black man to get his way over the white manSetting North Carolina pre Civil War and about 1880sLoved these little short stories All told by Uncle Julius, who manages to use the stories to get what he wants out of the rich white Northerners, one of whom suspects what he s up to, but gives in all the same These are told in heavy dialect, the kind that makes Huck Finn and Uncle Remus look simple, so if that s going to bother you, don t pick it up I u [...]

  15. Sandro Serrano says:
    I found this novel fairly enjoyable I didn t know this book was a compilation of short stories when I picked it I didn t think I would like it since I usually don t like short stories, but these short stories were related to each other and revolved around a main story which really kept it together However, it was a slower read since Chesnutt uses southern African American dialogue throughout the story It can be annoying at times, but when I got used to it, I really got into the stories I found P [...]

  16. Stephanie says:
    An interesting group of tales written mostly in dialect, so if you have difficulty reading from the 1880 s this will be a bit of a struggle to get through The stories are formulaic, but still enjoyable Probably people of color will find the assumptions and prejudices of the just past reconstruction Southern states reprehensible, but if you can look at it as an artifact of its time it is palatable.One thing I especially enjoyed was that the folklore and hoodoo was well told and interesting of it [...]

  17. Eric Heff says:
    I discovered Charles Chesnutt in a summer lit course on short stories and I am quite happy with the find The Conjure stories is a compilation of all Chesnutt s short stories about John, Annie, and Uncle Julius in Patesville, NC The stories are mostly told through the point of view of Uncle Julius who is an ex slave While the first story or two is a little hard to follow with his broken english, you start to get used to it and understand it just fine While I enjoyed these stories and wrote one he [...]

  18. Heather says:
    I absolutely loved these stories They all fall into the same conventional genre, but Chesnutt works masterfully within that genre to enact all sorts of interesting permutations and critiques and shades of meaning The publication history of these tales is also really interesting, and I think this edition is a particularly nice one since it includes the stories that were considered for publication in the collection but didn t make the cut for various reasons I ll have to read those after my exam

  19. Stephanie Ambrose says:
    I had to read this in a college course regarding how we view others.This is a good bookbut extremely difficult to bear through it This may seem a bit selfish, but I hated the literal dictation given to Uncle Julius Sure, it added realism, but these folk tales would have been a lot fun to read if I didn t mean that I would have to read each passage 2 times to understand it.All in all, if you want to read this book, prepare yourself for some aggravation and have patience.

  20. Lauren says:
    The literary dialect is a little difficult, but the stories are so entertaining And the essays in the back of this Norton Critical were all really great I m expected to look at these stories from a critical scholarly lens, and I will, but for my reviews, this was just a bunch of really cool stories about magic and society and i liked them an awful lot.

  21. Kristi says:
    Chestnutt subversively writes in the guise of plantation fiction, rendering a double meaning to the dialect which the stories are written in The heavy use of dialect makes this collection a challenging and concentrated read.

  22. Suzette Kunz says:
    I had never read Charles Chesnutt before this class I m taking and I am really impressed This collection tells a series of folk tales which usually involve a conjure woman helping slaves turn the tables on their white masters in some way.

  23. Ryan says:
    After students tackle the dialect in Huck Finn, send them to Chesnutt He uses the ig nert naygroh spaych in the most brilliant kind of way I think he s the most overlooked African American writer of the turn of the century.

  24. Rachael Mariboho says:
    Great local color writing Chestnutt should be required reading in 19th Century American lit courses.

  25. Victoria Inez says:
    These delightful tales, full of antiquated, Southern dialect, are a joy to read They remind me of my superstitious grandmother wise in her words, cunning, loving, and slyly manipulative.

  26. Rebekah says:
    Read for African American literature class Not very memorable

  27. Nichelle Calhoun says:
    Incredible African American folklore.

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