Characterizing "Minor" African American Women's Everyday Singing in African American Literature

dc.contributor.advisorPhillips, Rowan R., Hurley, E. Anthonyen_US
dc.contributor.authorJones, Patrina Carynneen_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.description205 pg.en_US
dc.description.abstractA tradition in fiction that echoes throughout the African American literary canon is the commonplace `minor' characterization of female singers who translate the conditions of their everyday lived realities through a uniquely womanist practice of vocal performance. The vocal form of this aesthetic of singing is also represented as a culture of rendered voice and as a sustained motif for personal and group identity. This dissertation argues for the narrative centrality of "minor" African American female singers and also for value to a reading practice that augments secondary characterization on the basis that the literary phenomenon of female singing reformulates traditional reading practices, which placed a text's principle value on its `major' characters, in order to better understand the significance of African American female singers in modern narratives.en_US
dc.description.advisorAdvisor(s): Phillips, Rowan R.Hurley, E. Anthony. Committee Member(s): Phillips, Rowan R.Hurley, E. Anthony ; Walters, Tracey L.Hammond, Eugene R.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of English. Charles Taber (Dean of Graduate School).en_US
dc.formatElectronic Resourceen_US
dc.publisherThe Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican American studies--Music--Women's studiesen_US
dc.titleCharacterizing "Minor" African American Women's Everyday Singing in African American Literatureen_US
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