Titel: Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me: African-American Narrative Poetry from the Oral Tradition, Includes CD
Autor/en: Bruce Jackson
Herausgegeben von Bruce Jackson
ROUTLEDGE CHAPMAN HALL
März 2004 - kartoniert - 272 Seiten
Originally published in 1974, this work is considered one of the great collections of black literature and folk poetry known as "toasts"--probably the only living form of oral narrative poetry in the U.S. which represent a vital genre of black folklore. Includes an audio CD.
New Foreword by Michele Wallace The Toast World Telling and Learning Toasts Functions and Themes: Violence, Sex, and the Failure of Romance Pimps and Their Ladies: Insult and Reputation Badman and Trickster: Functional Outsiders Shine and the Titanic: Goodbye to Charlie Beyond Poetry The Toasts Badmen, Crime, and Jail Pimps, Whores, and Other Lovers and Friends Freaks and Supersex Signifying and Poolshooting Monkey The Titanic Toasts Miscellaneous Narratives Short Verses and Drinking Toasts Books and Articles Cited Index of Names Index of First Lines
Bruce Jackson has been the Director, Center for Studies in American Culture at the State University of New York at Buffalo since 1972, and is the Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture and a Distinguished Professor there. He is the author of numerous other books on folklore and criminal law, as well as fiction. His numerous awards and honors include his 2002 award of a Chevalier, l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, from the government of France. He lives in Buffalo.
""Get your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me is a seminal work in both the collection and analysis of African American oral culture, indispensable to all students of American popular culture..""
-Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
"A stone cold classic! All you Hip Hop heads need to know this book if you want to know your roots.""
-Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.
"Bruce Jackson's Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me is a pioneering work that is as fresh today as when it was first published. As this collection, and Jackson's astute analyses make clear, black oral poetry and folklore are great literature. Funny as all get out, full of biting wit and dazzling wordplay, this book drops more science than Einstein while proving the genius of black folk who created meaning and defended their lives through signifying words. I hope the hip-hop generation takes a look at this book that documents where it all got started!"
-Michael Eric Dyson, author of Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves & Demons of Marvin Gaye.