Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Houston A. Baker, Blues, Ideology, and African-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory

Baker, Houston A., Jr. (Fellow, 1982-83)

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984

From the publisher's description:

Relating the blues to American social and literary history and to African-American expressive culture, Houston A. Baker, Jr., offers the basis for a broader study of American culture at its "vernacular" level. He shows how the "blues voice" and its economic undertones are both central to the American narrative and characteristic of the African-American way of telling it.


Subjects: Literature; Music; African American Literature; African American Music; Blues Music; Vernacular