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Author: Cobo Piñero, Rocío
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Filología Integradas
Date: 2014
Published in: Ilha do Desterro, 67, 37-49.
Document type: Article
Abstract: In this article I analyze how black music may be used to (re)interpret the legacy of slavery in Gayl Jones’s literary works Corregidora (1975) and Song for Anninho (1981). I argue that female Classic Blues from the 1920s functions as a testimony of resistance and as a means to recount the stories featured in these two texts. The U.S. black author uses the cadences, themes, and tropes of the blues in order to decode female versions of the black diaspora in the Americas. In addition, by setting her literary work in Brazil, Jones establishes an inter-American dialogue and imagines polyphonic and syncretic spaces where the blues is the model for historical revision. Inscribing my study within the theoretical frame of black feminist cultural studies, I emphasize the importance of the first person enunciative voice in female blues, as well as in the texts selected.
Cite: Cobo Piñero, R. (2014). Gayl Jones's Corregidora and Song for Anninho: Historical Revision, Female Diaspora, and Music. Ilha do Desterro, 67, 37-49.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11441/61053

DOI: 10.5007/2175-8026.2014n67p37

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