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Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim like Me: African American Narrative Poetry from the Oral Tradition

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Overview

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415969963
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Jackson has been the Director, Center for Studies in American Culture at the State University of New York at Buffalo since 1972, and is the Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture and a Distinguished Professor there. He is the author of numerous other books on folklore and criminal law, as well as fiction. His numerous awards and honors include his 2002 award of a Chevalier, l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, from the government of France. He lives in Buffalo.

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Table of Contents

The toast world 1
Telling and learning toasts 3
Functions and themes : violence, sex and the failure of romance 12
Pimps and their ladies : insult and reputation 21
Badman and trickster : functional outsiders 30
Shine and the Titanic : goodbye to Charlie 35
Beyond poetry 38
The toasts 41
Badmen, crime, and jail 43
Pimps, whores, and other lovers and friends 95
Freaks and supersex 145
Signifying and poolshooting monkey 161
The Titanic toasts 180
Miscellaneous narratives 197
Short versus and drinking toasts 223
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