Anansi's Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance

Emily Zobel Marshall

Published by University of the West Indies Press, 2012
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Synopsis: Anansi the spider is the trickster folk hero West African slaves transported to the Caribbean. He symbolizes key aspects of Afro-Caribbean culture and is celebrated as a vital link with an African past. Anansi stories, in which the small spider turns the tables on his powerful enemies through cunning and trickery, are now told and published worldwide.

This highly original and innovative book traces Anansi's journey from West Africa to Jamaica, where he is celebrated as a national folk hero. The uniqueness of this book lies in its accumulation of new data on Anansi in both Ghana and Jamaica and in its theoretical analysis of Anansi's potential as a resource for resistance against oppression. As no sustained analysis of the Anansi tales has been undertaken with such ambition or on such a scale, this is an investigation dedicated to filling the current deficit in our understanding of this fascinating folk phenomenon.

From the Author: Anansi's Journey is a multidisciplinary study which begins by examining Anansi's roots in Ghana. It moves on to detail the changes Anansi underwent during the Middle Passage and his potential for inspiring tactics of resistance in a plantation context. It ends with an analysis of Anansi's role in postcolonial Jamaica, illustrating how he is interpreted as a symbol of individualism and celebrated as an emblem of resistance.

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