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Title Epistrophies : jazz and the literary imagination / Brent Hayes Edwards.
Author Edwards, Brent Hayes, author.
Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.
Copyright date ©2017
Description 320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call # 810.9896 E
Summary From its inception, African American literature has taken shape in relation to music. Black writing is informed by the conviction that music is the privileged archival medium of black communal experience--that music provides a "tone parallel" (in Duke Ellington's phrase) to African American history. Throughout the tradition, this conviction has compelled African American writers to discover models of literary form in the medium of musical performance. Black music, in other words, has long been taken to suggest strategies for writerly experimentation, for pressing against and extending the boundaries of articulate expression. Epistrophies seeks to come to terms with this foundational interface by considering the full variety of "jazz literature"--Both writing informed by the music and the surprisingly large body of writing by jazz musicians themselves.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: "I thought I heard" : the origins of jazz and the ends of jazz writing -- Louis Armstrong and the syntax of scat -- Towards a poetics of transcription: James Weldon Johnson's prefaces -- The literary Ellington -- The race for space: Sun Ra's poetry -- Zoning Mary Lou Williams zoning -- Let's call this: Henry Threadgill and the micropoetics of the song title -- Notes on poetics regarding Mackey's song -- Come out -- Afterword: Hearing across media.
Subject Music and literature -- United States -- History.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Jazz in literature.
Jazz -- History and criticism.
African American aesthetics.
African American aesthetics. (OCoLC)fst00799002
American literature -- African American authors. (OCoLC)fst00807114
Jazz. (OCoLC)fst00982165
Jazz in literature. (OCoLC)fst00982203
Music and literature. (OCoLC)fst01030479
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780674055438 hardcover ; alkaline paper :
0674055438 hardcover ; alkaline paper

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