‘I ain't never seen a nigger’: the discourse of denial in Lee Smath's The Devil's Dream
This essay investigates the marginalization of African American musical culture in Appalachian native Lee Smith’s novel The Devil’s Dream (1992). It contrasts the author’s fictional treatment of country-music history with musicological and historical documentation of cross-cultural interaction between black and white folk musicians in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In particular, the essay traces a discourse of denial through which the firstperson narrators of the novel negate black influences while implicitly acknowledging them.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: English Department, University of Michigan
Publication date: 2003-05-01
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