A personal reading of Robin M. Boylorn's rich, troubling, critical, and beautifully composed text Sweetwater inspired the author to respond in the poetic form of the blues. Mixing major (hopeful) and minor (heartbreaking) themes and written as a lament, the author confronts the sorrow of marginalization and praises the brave and hopeful power of Boylorn's writing, which speaks in personal, familial, and cultural registers about the oppression and resilience of Southern black women. This song resolves by highlighting the philosophical and theoretical possibilities made possible by the critical auto/ethnographic storytelling exemplified in Sweetwater.
Hopeful Lament: A Song in Praise of Black Women/Stories
Chris J. Patti is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University. I'd like to acknowledge Tony E. Adams, Stacy Holman Jones, and Robin M. Boylorn for making this forum possible and for encouraging and embracing my contribution. Correspondence to: Chris J. Patti, Department of Communication, Walker Hall 125, Appalachian State University, Box 32039, Boone, NC 28608, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Chris J. Patti; Hopeful Lament: A Song in Praise of Black Women/Stories. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2015; 4 (1): 127–130. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.1.127
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