Seems like murder here : southern violence and the blues tradition /

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 spectac...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Gussow, Adam.
Format: eBook
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Table of Contents:
  • "I'm tore down"
  • Lynching and the birth of a blues tradition
  • "Make my getaway"
  • Southern violence and blues entrepreneurship in W.C. Handy's Father of the blues
  • Dis(re)memberment blues
  • Narratives of abjection and redress
  • "Shoot myself a cop"
  • Mamie Smith's "Crazy blues" as social text
  • Guns, knives, and buckets of blood
  • The predicament of blues culture
  • "The blade already crying in my flesh"
  • Zora Neale Hurston's blues narratives.