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Seeing Is Believing

Title: Seeing Is Believing: Exploring the Intertextuality of Aural and Written Blues in Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Café, Gayl Jones' Corregidora and Toni Morrison's Jazz.
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Name(s): Speller, Chrishawn A., author
Montgomery, Maxine, professor directing thesis
McGregory, Jerrilyn, committee member
Hawkins, Hunt, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Scholar Houston A. Baker, Jr. writes that "…the blues song erupts creating a veritable playful festival of meaning. Rather than a rigidly personalized form, the blues offer a phylogenetic recapitulation—a nonlinear, freely associative nonsequential mediation—of species experience" (Blues Ideology 5). Blues musicians, and authors of blues narratives alike, illustrate this "playful festival of meaning" as they create a melody that tells a story of heartbreak and despair. This study will explore the topic of the blues and how it is taken from its oral form and converted into written form in the following novels: Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Cafe, Toni Morrison's Jazz, and Gayl Jones's Corregidora. Although critics have already noted the relationship between oral and literary blues, how authors utilize specific linguistic elements to tell a story remains under explored. By examining the linguistic patterns of a blues song, as well as the function of its many players, I will attempt to start a dialogue towards understanding the indebtedness among contemporary black women novelists to the blues.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1614 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of English in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2003.
Date of Defense: July 7, 2003.
Keywords: Gloria Naylor Bailey, Gayl Jones, Toni Morrison
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Maxine Montgomery, Professor Directing Thesis; Jerrilyn McGregory, Committee Member; Hunt Hawkins, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1614
Owner Institution: FSU

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Speller, C. A. (2003). Seeing Is Believing: Exploring the Intertextuality of Aural and Written Blues in Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Café, Gayl Jones' Corregidora and Toni Morrison's Jazz. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1614