Lonesome Words: The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song

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März 2009



The tenth-century Old English lament and twentieth-century blues song each speak the language of a distinct poetic tradition, yet the voices are remarkably similar in their emotive expression of loneliness. This innovative study juxtaposes the texts of each corpus to explore the features that characterize their vocal poetics


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MARGARET G. MCGEACHY is Assistant Professor of English at D'Youville College in New York, USA.


'Lonesome Words makes a strong contribution to comparative poetics in the typological rather than the genetic sense. McGeachy successfully explores a hierarchy of comparisons from verbal formulæ to social and historical contexts for production in the Old English lament and the African-American blues song. In both corpora she examines themes of wandering, of exile and imprisonment, and of a lost but happier past, and the conclusions she draws from these comparisons are salient and comprehensive.' John Lewis, Associate Professor of English, Southern Methodist University
EAN: 9781403962911
ISBN: 140396291X
Untertitel: The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song. 'New Middle Ages'. Auflage 2009. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2009
Seitenanzahl: 182 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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