publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

The Fictional Black Blues Figure: Blues Music and the Art of Narrative Self-Invention

Mack, Kimberly;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
The Fictional Black Blues Figure: Blues Music and the Art of Narrative Self-Invention, Kimberly MackMy dissertation examines representations of black American blues musicians in contemporary American fiction, drama, and popular music, and it argues that blues music can be examined as a narrative art rooted in the tradition of fictionalized autobiographical self-fashioning. I contend that the contemporary, multi-racial, literary and musical characters in my project who participate in so-called “authentic” blues expression create, sometimes consciously and sometimes unwittingly, a fiction on top of a fiction. This project questions the belief held by many blues sc...
Subjects
free text keywords: American literature, Music
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