The Jack Tales

Author: Richard Chase
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547529974
Release Date: 2015-03-17
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

A collection of folk tales from the southern Appalachians that center on a single character, the irrepressible Jack.

Perspectives on the Jack Tales

Author: Carl Lindahl
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 1878318756
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Social Science

The essays in this volume reexamine common assumptions about "magic" tales and their tellers, reconsidering the performance, collection, transcription, publication, and interpretation of narratives that continue to live orally--especially in the private realm--as one mechanism of intergenerational communication or as a symbolic expression of worldview.

Ray Hicks and the Jack Tales

Author: Christine Pavesic
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595363773
Release Date: 2005-08
Genre: History

The Jack Tales derive from a Western European narrative cycle and are the oldest folktales to survive in the North American oral tradition. In the twenty-first century, the Jack Tales continue to retain their place at the forefront of Western Oral Tradition. Over the centuries the tales of Jack and his adventures have tended to absorb the interests and values of the culture in which they are operating. Ray Hicks and the Jack Tales: A Study of Appalachian History, Culture, and Philosophy, assesses folktales in the oral tradition and examines both the history and the cultural impact of them. It includes a survey of existing scholarship concerning orality and the European origins of the Jack Tales and then focuses upon a prominent Appalachian native recorder of the tales, Ray Hicks. His enthusiasm and skill as a storyteller has allowed Hicks to bring an ancient body of oral literature to all types of audiences. The way that Hicks has enhanced the Jack Tales through his manner of storytelling-the nature of his performance, his voice and mimicry, the stimulus of the audience and his response-is explored along with the setting of these tales-the Appalachian mountains.

Appalachia Inside Out Culture and custom

Author: Robert J. Higgs
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 0870498762
Release Date: 1995
Genre: History

The two volumes of Appalachia Inside Out constitute the most comprehensive anthology of writings on Appalachia ever assembled. Representing the work of approximately two hundred authors-fiction writers, poets, scholars in disciplines such as history, literary criticism, and sociology-Appalachia Inside Out reveals the fascinating diversity of the region and lays to rest many of the reductive stereotypes long associated with it.

Southern Jack Tales

Author: Donald Davis
Publisher: august house
ISBN: 0874835003
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A collection of thirteen Jack tales from the southern Appalachian Mountains, including "The Time Jack Told a Big Tale", "The Time Jack Cured the Doctor", and "The Time Jack Stole the Cows".

Tales Then and Now

Author: Anna E. Altmann
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 1563088312
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Education

A comprehensive compilation of reworkings of classic folk and fairy tales. The nature of folktales and their surrounding cultural contexts are examined; each story is accompanied by tale type numbers, motifs, lists of reworkings by genre, and author interpretation. An excellent resource for the study of tales.

Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns

Author: Orville Hicks
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1933251654
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

"Orville Hicks has enthralled audiences beyond the porches of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, for more than two decades. Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns captures the voice of the master storyteller in more than twenty transcribed stories, paired with lively

Young Ray Hicks

Author: Lynn Salsi
ISBN: 0970652763
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Appalachian Region, Southern

Ray Hicks experiences the Great Depression while living in the Appalachian Mountains and learning stories from his grandfather that were brought to America by his ancestors.

The Jack Tales

Author: Ruth McRoberts (EDT)/ Chase Ward (Richard/ Chase, Richard (EDT))
ISBN: OCLC:1035918372
Release Date: 2003

American Folk Tales and Songs

Author: Richard Chase
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486172880
Release Date: 2014-05-05
Genre: Music

Full of lively stories, jokes, and games for performance, the book also includes 40 songs with melody and guitar chords. Written by outstanding practicing folk performer. Includes 44 illustrations.

Jack in Two Worlds

Author: William Bernard McCarthy
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807844438
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Social Science

The "Jack" known to all of us from "Jack and the Beanstalk" is the hero of a cycle of tales brought to this country from the British Isles. Jack in Two Worlds is a unique collection that brings together eight of these stories as transcribed from ac

Encyclopedia of Folk Heroes

Author: Graham Seal
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781576072165
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Reference

Entries describe the origins and deeds of folk heroes as they have existed in folktales, songs, oral tradition, and other folklore genres.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Author: Glenn Hinson
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807898550
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Genre: Reference

Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examine a broad range of folk traditions. Moving beyond the traditional view of folklore that situates it in historical practice and narrowly defined genres, entries in this volume demonstrate how folklife remains a vital part of communities' self-definitions. Fifty thematic entries address subjects such as car culture, funerals, hip-hop, and powwows. In 56 topical entries, contributors focus on more specific elements of folklife, such as roadside memorials, collegiate stepping, quinceanera celebrations, New Orleans marching bands, and hunting dogs. Together, the entries demonstrate that southern folklife is dynamically alive and everywhere around us, giving meaning to the everyday unfolding of community life.

Arts in Earnest

Author: Daniel W. Patterson
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 082231021X
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Social Science

Arts in Earnest explores the unique folklife of North Carolina from ruddy ducks to pranks in the mill. Traversing from Murphy to Manteo, these fifteen essays demonstrate the importance of North Carolina’s continually changing folklife. From decoy carving along the coast, to the music of tobacco chants and the blues of the Piedmont, to the Jack tales of the mountains, Arts in Earnest reflects the story of a people negotiating their rapidly changing social and economic environment. Personal interviews are an important element in the book. Laura Lee, an elderly black woman from Chatham County, describes the quilts she made from funeral flower ribbons; witnesses and friends each remember varying details of the Duke University football player who single-handedly vanquished a gang of would-be muggers; Clyde Jones leads a safari through his backyard, which is filled with animals made of wood and cement that represent nontraditional folk art; the songs and sermon of a Primitive Baptist service flow together as one—“it tills you up all over”; Durham bluesman Willie Trice, one of a handful of Durham musicians who recorded in the 1930s and early 1940s, remembers when the active tobacco warehouses offered ready audiences—“They’d tip us a heap of change to play some music”; and Goldsboro tobacco auctioneer H. L. “Speed” Riggs chants 460 words per minute, five to six times faster than a normal conversational rate.

Jane Hicks Gentry

Author: Betty N. Smith
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813148359
Release Date: 2015-01-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"Winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians Award Jane Hicks Gentry lived her entire life in the remote, mountainous northwest corner of North Carolina and was descended from old Appalachian families in which singing and storytelling were part of everyday life. Gentry took this tradition to heart, and her legacy includes ballads, songs, stories, and riddles. Smith provides a full biography of this vibrant woman and the tradition into which she was born, presenting seventy of Gentry's songs and fifteen of the "Jack" tales she learned from her grandfather. When Englishman Cecil Sharp traveled through the South gathering material for his famous English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, his most generous informant was Jane Hicks Gentry. But despite her importance in Sharp's collection, Gentry has remained only a name on his pages. Now Betty Smith, herself a folksinger, brings to life this remarkable artist and her songs and tales.