The Conjure Woman Conjure Tales

The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales

Texts to read for essay


Richard Brodhead’s “Introduction” (in The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales)


Charles Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales, Duke (Read Dave’s Neckliss)


Analytical Essay:

Write a 900- to 1100-word essay in which you analyze the conjure tale “Dave’s Neckliss”.  In particular, think about Richard Brodhead’s discussion of Charles Chesnutt’s status as a writer of color in his Introduction to our edition.  In what specific ways does Chesnutt’s point of view as a black writer influence his use of the conventions of the ghost story?  In other words, how does Chesnutt make his “conjure tale” say something about race relations?  Successful essays will contain a thesis statement that clearly argues what Chesnutt is saying about race relations in the story you have selected and will provide at least three or four concrete examples of how his use of a supernatural story helps him say that.



There is something I left out. The introduction needs a clear thesis, at least a one-sentence thesis that summarizes the argument of the entire paper. Something that answers how the short story by Chesnutt can be read as a commentary on race relations. In regards to that, I did have some notes from when I read it: Julius does seem to ultimately gain something from telling this story, the ham, his storytelling is how he survives. And because of the treatment Dave is subjugated to, he ultimately loses his the little sense of identity he did have. As for the rest of the paper, wherever there are direct examples from the story, there need to be some quotations the further strengthen the claim being made.


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The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales

Charles W. Chesnutt’s stories in The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales forms an incredible African American folklore making one of the most remarkable African American literatures. The work is clear selected and created by the editors to bring out the entire imaginative feat to see the original volume creation. It also depicts the tastes of the dominant literary cultures in the nineteenth century and how the cultures delimited and promoted his work……

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This makes the tales more enjoyable to read, engaging and even memorable with the current events and the past regarding the racial relations.




Chesnutt, Charles Waddell. The Conjure Woman, and Other Conjure Tales. Duke University        Press, 1993.