Viewing page 2 of 7


Transcription: [00:02:15]

{SPEAKER name="Mildred Hill-Lubin"} And those would be, uh, thematic features as well as stylistic or formal features, and, in working on it so far I have only developed in some detail the thematic areas.


Although, at this point, I am working on some of the formal features and particularly when I begin to talk about the thematic features in folklore you almost inevitably come around to discussing the formal features at the same time.


Uh, under the heading of the thematic, uh, features I developed, uh, four major areas. And those would be ritualistic features, folklore, and religion. The family and another heading that I entitled "The African's Confrontation with the West."


Now, under the heading of rituals, I speak of a group of inter-related activities such as music, dance, art, sports, and food and I added those as, uh, one group. Actually, I dealt with each one separately, but they are so inter-related that you can't talk about one without talking about all of them.


{Speaker 1} Mm-hmm. [[affirmative]]


{SPEAKER name="Mildred Hill-Lubin"} And then, there, under the heading of folklore and religion I talked about folk beliefs as well as, uh, the African's influence by Christianity and Islamic religions.


Um, these overlapped in some ways, it is very difficult to distinguish folk beliefs and African-- and African American folk religion because they, in many ways, overlap.


Then the third category would be that of the family. And it is the, uh, the-- the features are particularly common and seem to appear quite obvious in the role of the woman in both African American literature and African literature and particularly that of the grandmother as the preserver--


Transcription Notes:
Unsure of speaker 1

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact