In this episode, we score the motif of cyclicality in Ann Petry’s 1946 novel The Street. Drawing on a wide range of musical genres and periods of production, we trace the way that the structural inequalities Petry highlights in The Street persist to the present day.

Contributors: Becky Bando, Kobe Holas, Paige Kedrosky, Clayton Tomlinson, and Anthea Feaver of ENGL 471 in the Department of English at Queen’s University.

Music Selections:

Intro/Outro Music: Billie Holiday, “Don’t Explain”
Odetta, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”
Lupe Fiasco w/ Gemini & Sarah Green, “He Say She Say”
SZA, “Supermodel” **
Ella Fitzgerald, “Don’t Fence Me In”
Nina Simone, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”
Kendrick Lamar, “Backseat Freestyle” **
David Bowie, “Boys Keep Swinging”
Dinah Washington, “This Bitter Earth”
Kendrick Lamar, “The Art of Peer Pressure” **
Curtis Mayfield, “(Don’t Worry) If There Is a Hell Below, We Are All Going to Go
Olly Wilson w/ William Brown, “Sometimes”

**strong language/explicit