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Fall 2010


Presents literary criticism of the book "The Conjure Woman," a collection of short stories by Charles Chesnutt, in which the author examines the figure of Uncle Julius as a depiction of a revered African American folk hero and trickster. The author comments on the role of collective memory and ancestors in African cosmology, the black folk life of pre- and post-Civil War, and the short story "The Goophered Grapevine" in the book.


This is a post-print of a previously published article:

West E. (2010). Memory, Ancestors, and Activism/Resistance in Charles Chesnutt's Uncle Julius. Studies In The Literary Imagination,43(2):31-45