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Literature Performs the Blues: An Exploration of Black Women’s Protest Literature as a Blues Narrative for Urban Black Woman

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In this paper, I will explore Classic Blues Women’s relationship to traditional black protest literature- specifically, literature written by black women, about black women’s lives. This paper is concerned with those literary traditions that characterize the urban environment as providing an escape from the disenfranchised south, while fostering individualistic and alienating communities. Ann Petry’s The Street (1946) is one such work that serves as a sight of interrogation for black women’s literary performance of the blues. The Street’s blues theme echoes the sentiments that the city acts as a foreground for the eventual destruction, alienation, and un-communal community of black men and women. Angela Davis highlights some of the major themes occurring in classic women’s blues, including, economic desolation, the pathological relationships between black men and women, the distrust amongst black women, the everyday push for survival, as well as community empowerment in her Blues Legacies and Black Feminism (1998). She discusses the performance of classic blues as protest in that it has the potential to foster socio-political change. The Street can act as the backdrop for how Davis and other writers articulate the intentions and muse for black women blues artist. The life of the protagonist Lutie, illustrates how the environment molds and shapes the sentiments, attitudes, and overall spirit of blues women. Both the performance and written blues narratives are critical to black women’s articulation of their lived experiences in urban environments
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Harrison, Rashida. "Literature Performs the Blues: An Exploration of Black Women’s Protest Literature as a Blues Narrative for Urban Black Woman" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, Oct 02, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p207110_index.html>

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Harrison, R. L. , 2007-10-02 "Literature Performs the Blues: An Exploration of Black Women’s Protest Literature as a Blues Narrative for Urban Black Woman" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p207110_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper, I will explore Classic Blues Women’s relationship to traditional black protest literature- specifically, literature written by black women, about black women’s lives. This paper is concerned with those literary traditions that characterize the urban environment as providing an escape from the disenfranchised south, while fostering individualistic and alienating communities. Ann Petry’s The Street (1946) is one such work that serves as a sight of interrogation for black women’s literary performance of the blues. The Street’s blues theme echoes the sentiments that the city acts as a foreground for the eventual destruction, alienation, and un-communal community of black men and women. Angela Davis highlights some of the major themes occurring in classic women’s blues, including, economic desolation, the pathological relationships between black men and women, the distrust amongst black women, the everyday push for survival, as well as community empowerment in her Blues Legacies and Black Feminism (1998). She discusses the performance of classic blues as protest in that it has the potential to foster socio-political change. The Street can act as the backdrop for how Davis and other writers articulate the intentions and muse for black women blues artist. The life of the protagonist Lutie, illustrates how the environment molds and shapes the sentiments, attitudes, and overall spirit of blues women. Both the performance and written blues narratives are critical to black women’s articulation of their lived experiences in urban environments

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