Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkners Fiction and Southern Roots Music Tim A Ryan

ISBN: 9780807160251

Published: April 13th 2015

Hardcover

288 pages


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Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkners Fiction and Southern Roots Music  by  Tim A Ryan

Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkners Fiction and Southern Roots Music by Tim A Ryan
April 13th 2015 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780807160251 | 9.51 Mb

During the 1920s and 1930s, Mississippi produced two of the most significant influences upon twentieth-century culture: the modernist fiction of William Faulkner and the recorded blues songs of African American musicians like Charley Patton, GeeshieMoreDuring the 1920s and 1930s, Mississippi produced two of the most significant influences upon twentieth-century culture: the modernist fiction of William Faulkner and the recorded blues songs of African American musicians like Charley Patton, Geeshie Wiley, and Robert Johnson.

In Yoknapatawpha Blues, the first book examining both Faulkner and the music of the south, Tim A. Ryan identifies provocative parallels of theme and subject in diverse regional genres and texts.Placing Faulkners literary texts and prewar country blues song lyrics on equal footing, Ryan illuminates the meanings of both in new and unexpected ways.

He provides close analysis of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 in Faulkners Old Man and Pattons High Water Everywhere- racial violence in the story That Evening Sun and Wileys Last Kind Words Blues- and male sexual dysfunction in Sanctuary and Johnsons Dead Shrimp Blues.

This interdisciplinary study reveals how the characters of Yoknapatawpha County and the protagonists in blues songs similarly strive to assert themselves in a threatening and oppressive world.By emphasizing the modernism found in blues music and the echoes of black vernacular culture in Faulkners writing, Yoknapatawpha Blues links elucidates the impact of both Faulkners fiction and roots music on the culture of the modern South, and of the nation.



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