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dc.contributor.advisorPrahlad, Anandeng
dc.contributor.authorAdolph, Jessieeng
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Springeng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on January 26, 2010)eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Anand Prahlad.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri-Columbia 2009.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- English.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] In the same vein of their spiritual forbearers, the African griots, African American wordsmiths utilize their time-binding capabilities in oral performances to reenact and reinterpret the past as a medium to resolve the conditions of post-traumatic slave syndrome affecting marginalized urban black communities. In this thesis, I argue African American griots constantly re-evoke and address the traumatic experiences of slavery and post slavery; and fusing the two separate entities of the past and present as a cathartic/coping mechanism to achieve four basic goals: 1) foster self-esteem, 2) to reflect/instill black consciousness/pride 3) to exhort political activism against colonial/neo-colonial forces and 4) to establish a new or to reconnect African Americans to a African-based spiritual/communal worldview. By establishing continuity between the ancestral past and the present, I make the claim that verbal artisans strive to heal the psychological wounds stemming from slavery and post slavery conditions.eng
dc.format.extentiii, 81 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb73418869eng
dc.identifier.oclc502019191eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/6711
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/6711eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campus of the University of Missouri--Columbia.eng
dc.subject.lcshGriots in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshCollective memoryeng
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans -- Folkloreeng
dc.titleTime-binding in African American verbal art as a salve for post-traumatic slave syndromeeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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