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Swinging the Vernacular

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Exploring twentieth-century African American writing in light of critical reconsiderations of American modernism, this book focuse... Lire la suite
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Exploring twentieth-century African American writing in light of critical reconsiderations of American modernism, this book focuses on the poetry of Langston Hughes and Michael S Harper, and the fiction of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray.

Auteur
Michael Borshuk is Assistant Professor of African American literature in the department of English at Texas Tech University. He has published book chapters and critical articles on Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, William Carlos Williams and Mina Loy. He also writes on jazz regularly for Coda Magazine.

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This book reads the work of four twentieth-century African American writers in light of recent critical reconsiderations of American modernism. Recent studies foreground the importance of race in the formation of a distinctly American modernist tradition, and suggest that American modernism thrives on a cultural hybridity unique to the United States. Focusing on the poetry of Langston Hughes and Michael S. Harper, and the fiction of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, Swinging the Vernacular argues that there is a recognizable strand of African American modernist literature that negotiates this hybridity by adopting signal elements from a jazz musical aesthetic: namely, intertextuality, dialogism, parody. Reading the work of these writers through both African American literary theory and jazz musicological studies, the book analyzes how this African American jazz-modernist tradition complements the aesthetic innovation of "mainstream" modernism in its experimentation with jazz form, but at the same time constitutes an important political intervention in American culture, as it redresses social inequities through an aesthetic of intertextual play. The book offers a timely contribution to American modernist studies, but is also important to jazz studies for its attention to the music's aesthetic and political importance through different styles, over time.

Résumé
This book looks at the influence of jazz on the development of African American modernist literature over the 20th century, with a particular attention to the social and aesthetic significance of stylistic changes in the music.

Contenu
Introduction: The Language of Jazz as American Culture Becomes Modern  1. Langston Hughes and the First Book of Jazz  2. Thriving on a Riff: Bebop and Langston Hughes's Montage of a Dream Deferred  3. Riffing on the Lower Frequencies: Dialogism, Intertextuality, and Bebop in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man  4. "Here Where Coltrane Is": Jazz, Cultural Memory, and Political Aesthetics in the Poetry of Michael S. Harper  5. Albert Murray Brings It On Home: Revisioning Black Modernism in Train Whistle Guitar.  Coda.

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Titre: Swinging the Vernacular
Sous-titre: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature
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Code EAN: 9780415974479
ISBN: 978-0-415-97447-9
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 264
Poids: 499g
Taille: H229mm x B152mm
Année: 2005

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