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The Signifying Monkey : Interdisciplinary Ripple Effects and Six Degrees of Separation

The Signifying Monkey : Interdisciplinary Ripple Effects and Six Degrees of Separation jenna gibbs Florida International University The Signifying Monkey Interdisciplinary Ripple Effects and Six Degrees of Separation I live in Miami, Florida, where one of my favorite restaurants is a Haitian restaurant, Tap Tap, in South Beach. Tap Tap--named after an iconic form of Haitian shuttle bus, on the window of which one must "tap tap" to request disembarkation--features a dizzying kaleidoscope of vibrantly colored folkloric paintings, tapestries, and murals that cover the floors, walls, ceilings, doors, tables, and even chairs of this uniquely intercultural locale. The restaurant's "tap tap" shuttle bus (used for "to go" deliveries) sits out front, itself an art piece adorned all over with Haitian motifs. Inside the restaurant, as patrons eat their Haitian Creole dishes--diri kole (mixed rice and beans), banann peze (fried plantains), kabrit nan sos (stewed goat), and griyo (fried pork)--they are surrounded by artwork that prominently features the Esu pantheon of tricksters and also boasts a Black Madonna, evoking the Egyptian Isis tradition. In this roughly ten-foot painting, she towers over an altar lying at her feet, on which a rooster and a pack of cards are symbolic signifiers of Yoruba-derived Santería sacrifices. In The Signifying Monkey, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

The Signifying Monkey : Interdisciplinary Ripple Effects and Six Degrees of Separation

Early American Literature , Volume 50 (3) – Nov 18, 2015

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jenna gibbs Florida International University The Signifying Monkey Interdisciplinary Ripple Effects and Six Degrees of Separation I live in Miami, Florida, where one of my favorite restaurants is a Haitian restaurant, Tap Tap, in South Beach. Tap Tap--named after an iconic form of Haitian shuttle bus, on the window of which one must "tap tap" to request disembarkation--features a dizzying kaleidoscope of vibrantly colored folkloric paintings, tapestries, and murals that cover the floors, walls, ceilings, doors, tables, and even chairs of this uniquely intercultural locale. The restaurant's "tap tap" shuttle bus (used for "to go" deliveries) sits out front, itself an art piece adorned all over with Haitian motifs. Inside the restaurant, as patrons eat their Haitian Creole dishes--diri kole (mixed rice and beans), banann peze (fried plantains), kabrit nan sos (stewed goat), and griyo (fried pork)--they are surrounded by artwork that prominently features the Esu pantheon of tricksters and also boasts a Black Madonna, evoking the Egyptian Isis tradition. In this roughly ten-foot painting, she towers over an altar lying at her feet, on which a rooster and a pack of cards are symbolic signifiers of Yoruba-derived Santería sacrifices. In The Signifying Monkey, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 18, 2015

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