Double meaning in the popular Negro Blues

Posted: September 1, 2012 in Definitions, Early Blues, Guy B. Johnson

Author: Guy B. Johnson
Source: Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, vol. 22 (1927-28), pp 12-20
Reprinted and commented in: Alan Dundes, Mother Wit; from the laughing Barrel, 1990, pp-258-266


Double meaning and the metaphoric style were among the main features of African verbal art, and they have been transported to the blues. In this article, Guy B. Johnson (1901–1991),  sociologist and social anthropologist and a distinguished student of black culture in the rural South, deals with one of the subjects of metaphoric verbal art: sex (both the act and the designation of the sexual organs).


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