Images of The Apocalypse in African American Blues and Spirituals: Destruction in this Land by Malgorzata Ziólek-SowinskaImages of The Apocalypse in African American Blues and Spirituals: Destruction in this Land by Malgorzata Ziólek-Sowinska

Images of The Apocalypse in African American Blues and Spirituals: Destruction in this Land

byMalgorzata Ziólek-Sowinska

Hardcover | February 10, 2017

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This book explores the recurrence of Apocalyptic motifs and imagery in blues and spirituals recorded by blues musicians. It looks at the ways in which Black Americans portray Apocalypse ideas about the Last Judgement from the Book of Revelation. It also focuses on how literary themes in spirituals and blues depict the destruction of the world, death, Christian judgement, heaven and catastrophic events in personal lives of African Americans that result in loss. Selected blues lyrics and texts of spirituals show the persistence of these themes. The book was written with a broad potential audience in mind especially among those interested in religion, eschatology, spirituals, blues and African American studies.

Malgorzata Ziólek-Sowinska graduated from the Institute of Art, Music Department at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin; the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, and from the Institute of English Studies at the University of Warsaw. She earned her Ph.D. degree from the Modern Languages Department, University of Wa...
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Title:Images of The Apocalypse in African American Blues and Spirituals: Destruction in this LandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:136 pages, 8.46 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:February 10, 2017Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631681313

ISBN - 13:9783631681312

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The Spiritual Dimension of Emergent Blues – Visions of the Apocalypse and Cataclysmic Events in Religious Disaster Songs and the Blues – The Approaching Apocalypse: The Last Judgement and the Book of Revelation in Spirituals and Blues Recorded by Blues Musicians – Images of Death and Heaven in Spirituals and Blues Recorded by Blues Musicians