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Swinging the Vernacular

Jazz and African American Modernist Literature

By Michael Borshuk

Routledge – 2006 – 258 pages

Series: Studies in African American History and Culture

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Description

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.

Contents

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.

Author Bio

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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Description: By Michael Borshuk. 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...
Categories: Literature, Black Studies - Race & Ethnic Studies, 20th Century Music