3/23 Discussion

How does the significance of the folklore stories in Mules and Men change without surrounding context? Is the time and place of each story indispensable?

Are the tales in Mules and Men a form of mimicry? Throughout the story these tales are referred to as “lies”. What kind of feeling does this create around the stories?

How does the question of originality in “Characteristics of Negro Expression” reflect the idea of the inability to create art for the sake of art, as discussed with “In Dahomey”?