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Brer Rabbit

clever trickster. [Children’s Lit.: Uncle Remus]
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Br'er Fox takes the bait, of course, and learns that Br'er Rabbit isn't afraid o f the briar patch at all.
Br'er Rabbit was born and raised in the briar patch.
His initial assertion that "The folklore of Martinique is meager, and few children in Fort-de-France know the stories of 'Compe Lapin,' twin brother of the Br'er Rabbit of Louisiana's [sic] Uncle Remus" is a posture similar to that of Joel Chandler Harris's informants who claimed not to know any Brer Rabbit stories.
And if it had not been for the sixty-eight children's books I had designed and illustrated in the twenty-three-year interim since Br'er Rabbit and Jump!, it would not have been as solid a piece of work as it is.
But it was precisely this disguise--a "majestic sham," says Watkins; the Br'er Rabbit mask of a "crafty con artist"; a "near-hypnotic languidness" and "absentminded coon lethargy" turned all of a sudden into "the silken finesse of his dancing"--that ended up offending his own people, including Bill Cosby in a 1968 CBS special, Black History--Lost, Stolen, or Strayed, in which Perry was reviled as "an embarrassment to blacks," "a mockery of upstanding Negro citizens," "Hollywood's Uncle Tom," and "the willing accomplice to Hollywood's systematic denigration of the black man."
Readers may also recall that telling stories featuring animal characters is an ancient African tradition, as reflected in such works as Anansi the Spider, Aesop's fables and the original Br'er Rabbit folktales.
Br'er Rabbit turned into a sad cabbage junkie and was last seen braised, with a shallot, tarragon and champagne vinegar reduction.
Br'er Rabbit is the cleverest animal in Uncle Remus' beast fables.
Likewise, Sanders can't be wrong in contending that Brown's work casts doubt on a hegemonic modernism that tenders blackness as its degraded "foundational trope." But just how singularly foundational were figures of blackness within the imagination of the conquering modernist axis of Eliot, Pound, and company; and doesn't Michael North, whose Dialect of Modernism uncovered Old Possum's indebtedness to Br'er Rabbit, spotlight both hegemonic/transatlantic modernism's un-Reconstructed racism and its equally keen admiration for black dialect's "technical distinction, its insurrectionary opposition to the known and familiar in language"?
Acknowledging this integration history of "Br'er Rabbit at the Square Ground," Leitch Wright Jr.
The dessert plate and mug sets have been added m Country Kitten, Country Pup, Br'er Rabbit and Farmyard.
It's a situation which some observers have compared to Br'er Rabbit's briar patch -- not a bad place to be at all under the circumstances.