The Blues Aesthetic and the Making of American Identity in the Literature of the South (Modern American Literature Series)

The Blues Aesthetic and the Making of American Identity in the Literature of the South (Modern American Literature Series)

by Barbara A. Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820462209

ISBN-13: 9780820462202

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

The blues aesthetic as formulated by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray holds that the African-American vernacular tradition, with blues music at its core, has had an unparalleled impact on the whole of American culture and art. Examining the manner in which the aesthetics related to blues music are manifested in the literature of George Washington Harris, Charles

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The blues aesthetic as formulated by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray holds that the African-American vernacular tradition, with blues music at its core, has had an unparalleled impact on the whole of American culture and art. Examining the manner in which the aesthetics related to blues music are manifested in the literature of George Washington Harris, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Lewis Nordan reveals that African-American experience is diffused throughout Southern literature, from Old Southwest humor to contemporary fiction. The blues aesthetic as a window into the works of these four authors allows the reader to recognize the African-American and Southern elements that contribute to the making of American identity as expressed in our art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820462202
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Modern American Literature Series, #38
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1George Washington Harris: The Emergence of the Blues from Behind Sut's Tragic/Comic Mask9
2Charles Chesnutt: The Dialectic of Cultural Transformation29
3Zora Neale Hurston: From the Jook to the Juke Box63
4Lewis Nordan: Riffing on Memory and Playing through the Breaks123
Conclusion155
Bibliography161

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