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Time in the Blues

Julia Simon


Time in the Blues presents an interdisciplinary analysis of the specific forms of temporality produced by and reflected in the blues. Often described as immediate, spontaneous, and intense, the blues focus on the present moment, creating an experience of time for both performer and listener that is inflected by the material conditions that gave rise to the genre. Examining time as it is represented, enacted, and experienced through the blues engages questions concerning how material conditions in the early twentieth century shaped a musical genre. The formal characteristics of the blues—ostina ... More

Keywords: blues, temporality, Jim Crow South, sharecropping, convict lease, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190666552
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190666552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Simon, author
University of California, Davis