‘I ain't never seen a nigger’: the discourse of denial in Lee Smath's The Devil's Dream
Abstract: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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: English Department, University of Michigan
Publication date: May 1, 2003
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