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The shadow and the act : black intellectual practice, jazz improvisation, and philosophical pragmatism

Author: Walton M Muyumba
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Baraka shared a passion for jazz music. It was a decisive influence on their thinking, and, as this book reveals, they drew on their insights into the creative process of improvisation to analyze race and politics in the civil rights era.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Muyumba, Walton M.
Shadow and the act.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009
(OCoLC)802298949
Named Person: Ralph Ellison; James Baldwin; Amiri Baraka; James Baldwin; Amiri Baraka; Ralph Ellison
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walton M Muyumba
ISBN: 9780226554235 9780226554242 0226554236 0226554244
OCLC Number: 262429500
Description: xi, 216 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: vamping til ready --
Movement I: Three ways of looking at a yardbird: Charlie Parker and the theorization of jazz improvisation in the work of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Le Roi Jones/Amiri Baraka --
Movement II: Black is, black ain't: violence, black masculinity, and the novel as democratic symbol --
Movement III: Cutting session: Baldwin as intellectual prizefighter, Baldwin as improvising intellectual --
Movement IV: Improvising over the changes: improvisation as intellectual and aesthetic practice in the transitional poems of Le Roi Jones/Amiri Baraka --
Coda.
Responsibility: Walton M. Muyumba.

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