Includes bibliographical references (p. -326) and index.
"I'm tore down" -- Lynching and the birth of a blues tradition -- "Make my getaway" -- Southern violence and blues entrepreneurship in W.C. Handy's Father of the blues -- Dis(re)memberment blues -- Narratives of abjection and redress -- "Shoot myself a cop" -- Mamie Smith's "Crazy blues" as social text -- Guns, knives, and buckets of blood -- The predicament of blues culture -- "The blade already crying in my flesh" -- Zora Neale Hurston's blues narratives.
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