Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226310978 Published December 2002
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226310985 Published December 2002
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226311005 Published March 2010

Seems Like Murder Here

Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition

Adam Gussow

Seems Like Murder Here
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Adam Gussow

360 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2002
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226310978 Published December 2002
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226310985 Published December 2002
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226311005 Published March 2010
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 spectacle lynchings and the violent realities of African American life in the Jim Crow South. With brilliant interpretations of both classic songs and literary works, from the autobiographies of W. C. Handy, David Honeyboy Edwards, and B. B. King to the poetry of Langston Hughes and the novels of Zora Neale Hurston, Seems Like Murder Here will transform our understanding of the blues and its enduring power.

MLA Society for the Study of Southern Li: C. Hugh Holman Award
Won

American Culture Association: John G. Cawelti Book Award
Honorable Mention

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Contents
Preface
Introduction
1. "I'm Tore Down"
Lynching and the Birth of a Blues Tradition
2. "Make My Getaway"
Southern Violence and Blues Entrepreneurship in W. C. Handy's Father of the Blues
3. Dis(Re)memberment Blues
Narratives of Abjection and Redress
4. "Shoot Myself a Cop"
Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues" as Social Text
5. Guns, Knives, and Buckets of Blood
The Predicament of Blues Culture
6. "The Blade Already Crying in My Flesh"
Zora Neale Hurston's Blues Narratives
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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