Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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First, the purpose of this study is to investigate the ways in which blues lyrics apply rhetorical invention, specifically metaphor. Analysis of a sample of songs from the Blues Hall of Fame first explores how classical rhetorical devices are utilized in blues lyrics; Secondly, through metaphoric criticism the unique idiom of the blues reveals a strong trend towards self-abasement. And finally, despite intensified racial awareness of genre of folk (blues) music it is not a closed communicative act, but through the utilization of archetypal metaphor, a universal one.
Black; Blue; Criticism; Metaphoric
Rhetoric; Sociology; Music; American literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Luongo, Jacquelyn A, "Black and blue: A metaphoric criticism" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1025.