Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me: African-American Narrative Poetry from the Oral Tradition, Includes CD

Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me: African-American Narrative Poetry from the Oral Tradition, Includes CD

by Bruce Jackson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781135879280
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/02/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 168,083
File size: 737 KB

About 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.

Table of Contents

New Foreword by Michele Wallace
The Toast World
Telling and Learning Toasts
Functions and Themes: Violence, Sex, and the Failure of Romance
Pimps and Their Ladies: Insult and Reputation
Badman and Trickster: Functional Outsiders
Shine and the Titanic: Goodbye to Charlie
Beyond Poetry
The Toasts
Badmen, Crime, and Jail
Pimps, Whores, and Other Lovers and Friends
Freaks and Supersex
Signifying and Poolshooting Monkey
The Titanic Toasts
Miscellaneous Narratives
Short Verses and Drinking Toasts
Books and Articles Cited
Index of Names
Index of First Lines

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