"Sowing seeds of future devastation": Figures of Musical Circulation and Violence in Martin Delany's "Blake; or, the Huts of America"

Paul Fess

University of Alabama

Paul Fess teaches at the University of Alabama. He specializes in American literature, African-American literature, and sound studies. He is currently working on a project that examines how music structured the politics and literature of race, enslavement, and citizenship from the U.S. abolitionist movement of the 1850s to the end of the nineteenth century.


In this paper I examine the relationship between the circulation of antebellum African American music and insurrectionary violence through a close reading of Martin Delany’s Blake; or, the Huts of America (1859; 1861-62).... [ view full abstract ]


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Performing Citizenship in Hostile Climates


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