Uptown, downbeat: Mobility, masculine self-fashioning and occupations of space in African American urban narrative discourse (1962--1972)

Julie Cecilia Godin
This project examines neglected African American urban narratives produced by male writers from the mid-1960s to mid 1970s, in order to document and interrogate how the production of subjectivities and masculinities are shown to intersect, in these works, with vectors of mobility and modalities of spatial occupation. The study begins with the mobile culture of the Blues, and highlights sophisticated Blues stylings to trace the operation of a language of vagrancy---a discourse of malleability that...
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