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Signifyin(g): Ancestral Roots and Black Vernacular in August Wilson's Seven Guitars

Karveh EJ*

Department of English Language and Literature, Sobh-e-Sadegh University, Isfahan, Iran

*Corresponding Author:
Karveh EJ
Department of English Language and Literature
Sobh-e-Sadegh University, Isfahan, Iran
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Received Date: November 07, 2016; Accepted Date: December 22, 2016; Published Date: December 28, 2016

Citation: Karveh EJ (2016) Signifyin(g): Ancestral Roots and Black Vernacular in August Wilson's Seven Guitars. Arts Social Sci J 7: 239. doi: 10.4172/2151-6200.1000239

Copyright: © 2016 Karveh EJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

As of all African-American literature, August Wilson's century cycle plays are of significance concerning African- American vernacular. After emancipation, the continued subordination of Blacks represented as an inferior race was justified by the denigration of central characteristics of Black identity such as language. The double-consciousness of the African-American, as mentioned by W.E. DuBois, has brought about differences not only in the social lives of the African-Americans but also in their use of the English language. Seven Guitars is a play in which the interactions between the characters and their language is particularly noticeable. Among the well-known scholars in the field of African-American Literature, Henry Louis Gates is celebrated for his in-depth research concerning African-American Literature, specifically its origins and ancestral connections. Gates posits that the African-American dialect has its roots in ancestral backgrounds. This paper aims to highlight the figuration of everyday language of African- Americans in Seven Guitars and the ways it brings out the personality of each character with emphasis on the work of Gates. It also brings forth the eminent role of ancestral roots and heritage underlying the lives of African- Americans.

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