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How Does Butch Get Out of the Footnote? Or Gladys Bentley's Blues

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Gladys Bentley was an extremely talented and popular blues singer during the Harlem Renaissance who is also remembered for performing in drag and her lesbiain lifesytle. Recalled in the autobiographies and biographies of others and two novels, where writers created characters who mimicked Bentley, she was the life of and entrtainment for countless parties and a blues artist whom many celebrities came to see. Although recognized as a gifted performer, Bentlely currently survives as a footnote in history. This paper contends that Bentley's blues act was so audacious and unique that even taday there appears to be no one to match her. Further that her owning of gender and desire countributes to her being rendered a footnote to the history and culture of the Harlem Renaissance.
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Name: 34th Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Jones, Regina. "How Does Butch Get Out of the Footnote? Or Gladys Bentley's Blues" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 34th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Mar 17, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p401450_index.html>

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Jones, R. , 2010-03-17 "How Does Butch Get Out of the Footnote? Or Gladys Bentley's Blues" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 34th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p401450_index.html

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Abstract: Gladys Bentley was an extremely talented and popular blues singer during the Harlem Renaissance who is also remembered for performing in drag and her lesbiain lifesytle. Recalled in the autobiographies and biographies of others and two novels, where writers created characters who mimicked Bentley, she was the life of and entrtainment for countless parties and a blues artist whom many celebrities came to see. Although recognized as a gifted performer, Bentlely currently survives as a footnote in history. This paper contends that Bentley's blues act was so audacious and unique that even taday there appears to be no one to match her. Further that her owning of gender and desire countributes to her being rendered a footnote to the history and culture of the Harlem Renaissance.


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