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Seems Like Murder Here : Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition

By: Gussow, Adam.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (356 p.).ISBN: 9780226311005.Subject(s): African Americans -- Southern States -- Intellectual life | African Americans -- Southern States -- Social conditions | American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism | Blues (Music) -- Southern States -- History | Blues (Music) in literature | Race relations in literature | Violence in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Seems Like Murder Here : Southern Violence and the Blues TraditionDDC classification: 781.64309 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
CONTENTS -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1. "I'm Tore Down:" Lynching and the Birth of a Blues Tradition -- 2. "Make My Getaway:" Southern Violence and Blues Entrepreneurship in W. C. Handy's Father of the Blues -- 3. Dis(Re)memberment Blues: narratives of abjection and redress -- 4. "Shoot Myself a Cop:" Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues" as Social Text -- 5. Guns, Knives, and Buckets of Blood: The Predicament of Blues Culture -- 6. "The Blade Already Crying in My Flesh:" Zora Neale Hurston's Blues Narratives -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary: Winner of the 2004 C. Hugh Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Seems Like Murder Here offers a revealing new account of the blues tradition. Far from mere laments about lost loves and hard times, the blues emerge in this provocative study as vital responses to spectacle lynchings and the violent realities of African American life in the Jim Crow South. With brilliant interpretations of both classic songs and literary works, from the autobiographies of W. C. Handy, David Honeyboy Edwards, and B. B. King to the poetry of Langston Hughes and the novels of Zora Neal
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CONTENTS -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1. "I'm Tore Down:" Lynching and the Birth of a Blues Tradition -- 2. "Make My Getaway:" Southern Violence and Blues Entrepreneurship in W. C. Handy's Father of the Blues -- 3. Dis(Re)memberment Blues: narratives of abjection and redress -- 4. "Shoot Myself a Cop:" Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues" as Social Text -- 5. Guns, Knives, and Buckets of Blood: The Predicament of Blues Culture -- 6. "The Blade Already Crying in My Flesh:" Zora Neale Hurston's Blues Narratives -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index

Winner of the 2004 C. Hugh Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Seems Like Murder Here offers a revealing new account of the blues tradition. Far from mere laments about lost loves and hard times, the blues emerge in this provocative study as vital responses to spectacle lynchings and the violent realities of African American life in the Jim Crow South. With brilliant interpretations of both classic songs and literary works, from the autobiographies of W. C. Handy, David Honeyboy Edwards, and B. B. King to the poetry of Langston Hughes and the novels of Zora Neal

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Adam Gussow is an assistant professor of English and southern studies at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir and has been a professional blues harmonica player for many years, touring widely in the 1990s as part of the Harlem-based duo Satan and Adam.

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