It Jus Be’s Dat Way Sometime: The Sexual Politics of Women’s Blues

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Female Blues, Hazel V. Carby, Miscellaneous, Pre war blues

Author: Hazel V. Carby


The essay examines the sexual politics of women’s blues of the 1920s, and compares it to black women’s fiction writing during this period. The author argues that classic blues singers Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Ethel Waters had more latitude to challenge patriarchy, and reveal the contradictions of black women’s experience than black women writers.




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