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Epistrophies jazz and the literary imagination

Author: Brent Hayes Edwards
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England Harvard University Press 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brent Hayes Edwards
ISBN: 9780674055438 0674055438
OCLC Number: 1001805109
Accession No: (DE-599)GBV874793971
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index
Description: 320 Seiten Illustrationen
Responsibility: Brent Hayes Edwards

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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

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.

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