University of Mississippi

Adam Gussow

Adam Gussow (Ph.D., Princeton) is an associate professor of English and Southern Studies. A member of the University of Mississippi faculty since 2002, he teaches courses in American and African American literature, the blues tradition, southern autobiography, and race in American culture. He has published three books: Mister Satan’s Apprentice: A Blues Memoir (Pantheon, 1998, reissued by Minnesota, 2009); Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition(Chicago, 2002), winner of the Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature; and Journeyman’s Road: Modern Blues Lives From Faulkner’s Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York (Tennessee, 2007). Gussow’s articles and reviews have appeared in American LiteratureAfrican American ReviewSouthern Culturesboundary 2, and many other publications. He is currently working on a book about the devil and the blues.

In addition to his academic credentials, Gussow is a professional harmonica player and teacher. As a member of the blues duo Satan and Adam for more than 20 years, he has played all the major blues, jazz, and folk festivals; recorded three CDs for Flying Fish Records; and been featured on the cover of Living Blues magazine.

Education

  • Ph.D., English Literature, Princeton University (2000)
  • M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University (1983)
  • B.A., English and American Literature, Princeton University (1979, magna cum laude)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • African-American literature
  •  Southern literature
  •  Blues literary and cultural studies
  •  Southern music in regional, national, and global contexts
  •  Slavery, segregation, racial violence, and racial reconciliation

Recent Publications

  • “Sold It To the Blues-Devil:  The Great Migration, Lost Generations, and the Perils  of the Urban Dance Hall” (forthcoming in Popular Music and Society, 2013)
  •  “Creating and Consuming ‘Hill Country Harmonica’:  Promoting the Blues and Forging Beloved Community in the Contemporary South,” Creating and Consuming the U.S. South, ed. Martyn Bone, Brian Ward, and William Link.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida (forthcoming 2013).
  • “Heaven and Hell Parties:  Ministers, Bluesmen, and Black Youth in the Mississippi Delta, 1920-1942,” Arkansas Review 41.3 (Winter/December 2010):  186-203.
  •  “Playing Chicken With the Train:  Cowboy Troy’s Hick-Hop and the Transracial Country West,” Southern Cultures 16.4 (Winter 2010):  41-70.  A longer version of the essay is also part of a collection entitled Hidden In the Mix:  African American Country Music Traditions, ed. Diane Pecknold (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2012).
  •  “Ain’t No Burnin’ Hell:  Southern Religion and the Devil’s Music,” Arkansas Review 41.2 (August 2010):  83-98.
  •  “Blues and Gender.”  New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, “Gender” volume.  Nancy Bercaw and Ted Ownby, eds.  Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2009:  50-52.
  •  “Plaintive Reiterations and Meaningless Strains:  Faulkner’s Blues Understandings,” in Faulkner’s Inheritance:  Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2005, ed. Joseph R. Urgo and Ann J. Abadie (University Press of Mississippi, 2007):  53-81.
  •  “Where Is The Love?  Racial Wounds, Racial Healing, and Blues Communities,” Southern Cultures 12.4 (Winter 2006):  33-54.  Reprinted in Southern Cultures:  The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader, 1993-2008 (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2008)
  • Selected Recordings
  • Satan and Adam, Living on the River (Rounder Records, 1996)
  • Satan and Adam, Mother Mojo (Flying Fish Records, 1993)
  • Satan and Adam, Harlem Blues (Flying Fish Records, 1991). Nominated for a W. C. Handy Award, “Traditional Blues Album of the Year.”

Office
C213 Bondurant Hall
662-915-7333
agussow at olemiss.edu